Rescued sun bear cub ‘still very weak’, needs lifelong care

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A sun bear was rescued. Photo by Wildlife Alliance

Veterinarians are to treat a seriously injured sun bear cub that lost its paw thanks to a rescue effort by the Wildlife Alliance last Friday, Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Centre director Nhek Rattanak Pich told The Post on Monday.

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) rescued a badly injured sun bear cub last Friday in Stung Treng province.

Its Facebook post said on Friday that after receiving a tip-off, it drove all night on Thursday to reach the location and finally rescued the injured cub the following morning.

“The team is now on their long way back to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, where they will hand it over to Free the Bears for further care,” said the Facebook post.

WRRT member’s faces have been blurred to protect their identities and avoid compromising future rescue operations, said the Facebook post which contained pictures.

Upon arriving at Free the Bears’ Wildlife Hospital, the 5kg sun bear received emergency care for a horrific snare injury that severed the paw, Free the Bears’ Facebook post said.

The Free the Bears Facebook page continued: “The bear is extremely weak. We’re praying it will be strong enough to make it through the night. Thanks again to Wildlife Alliance for the rescue.

“Wildlife Alliance does incredible work protecting the Cardamom rainforest and combating the illegal wildlife trade.

“The tiny female cub is eating a little and taking medication but still very weak. Our veterinarians will have a better idea on the way forward for this cub but there’s no doubt she’ll require extensive treatment and a lifetime of care,” the Facebook page said.

Wildlife Alliance has saved over 72,000 wild Cambodian animals to date. Wildlife Alliance encourages anyone who witnesses or has information on wildlife crimes in the Kingdom to report the case.

The organisation can be reached at +855-(0)12-500-094, which is a 24-hour wildlife rescue hotline number.