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Asiatic Black Bear Surrendered After Family Raised It as Puppy

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By    |   Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:40 PM

An Asiatic black bear was surrendered to wildlife officials in China after the family raising it realized it was a bear and not a puppy as they had originally thought.

Su Yun bought the animal two years ago as a pet for the family, thinking it was a Tibetan Mastiff, The Independent reported.

The family was surprised when it ate a box of fruit and two buckets of noodles a day, the Independent reported. When it started walking on its hind legs, they began to suspect that it wasn’t in fact a dog but a bear. 

“The more he grew, the more like a bear he looked,” Yun said, The Independent reported. “I am a little scared of bears.”

Yun contacted the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center Rescue Centre for help, and the center tranquilized the bear before transporting it to the center, where it now lives. 

Asiatic black bears are endangered and are sometimes sold for thousands of dollars on the black market, The Independent noted. 

Another Chinese man in the same Yunnan province surrendered a 176-pound bear earlier this year after he found it foraging for mushrooms in 2015 and mistakenly identified it as a puppy, UPI reported.

The man was keeping the bear in a cage after realizing it wasn’t a dog, but he cooperated with authorities and was not fined for keeping the animal without forest authority approval when the bear was found to be in good health.

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