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Tiny bear rescued after poachers kill sleeping mother

By The Siberian Times reporter
21 February 2018

Loggers disturbed the hibernating black bears in a tree hollow, shooting the mother.

Rehab experts are now caring for the dozy little bear, and aim to rear the animal to be reintroduced into the wild. Picture: PRNCO 'Tiger Center' 

The orphaned cub was delivered to the porch of an animal rehabilitation centre in a plastic bag.

The helpless creature weighs 2.4 kg, normal for its age. 

Rehab experts are now caring for the dozy little bear, and aim to rear the animal to be reintroduced into the wild. 

Bear cub


Bear cub

The helpless creature weighs 2.4 kg, normal for its age. Pictures: PRNCO 'Tiger Center' 

Russia has the most northerly population of black bears, adapted to exist in extreme conditions. 

Due to the reduction of habitats and intensive deforestation, the fate of these animals is alarming. 

This species is included in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is under threat of extinction. 

Every year, as a result of hunting in dens and logging in the Far East of Russia, between 20 and 40 black bear cubs are orphaned.

Black bear shows up from its den. Picture: Sergey Kolchin

Black bear in den

Comments (2)

Animals are not safe even in their own habitat. Poaching is a major threat to a number of species around the world. Governments need to up the ante to protect them at all costs, even if it means shooting poachers on site!
Paul Gilbert, Canada
23/02/2018 15:17
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Please Russian government stop hunting Russian lands to save these critically endangered animals.
Lev,
21/02/2018 22:06
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