SANDAKAN: A three-month-old sun bear was rescued from being sold at a remote area in Paitan by the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sandakan.
The female bear cub, named Tan-Tan, arrived at BSBCC centre in Sepilok in Wednesday, making it the 44th sun bear saved and relocated at the facility since the centre’s founding six years ago.
BSBCC founder and Executive Chief Officer, Wong Siew Te, said the sun bear was bought by an individual who encountered several villagers who tried to sell the animal, before he notified the Sabah Wildlife Department about the captured sun bear.
“Tan-Tan was then rescued and brought to its new home at BSBCC. Now we have 35 bears from the 44 that had been saved previously. The bear cub is currently quarantined and under good care,” he said in a statement.
Wong said it is important for the public to understand that buying sun bears will encourage illegal hunters to target and capture the animals, with some of them prefer to kill the species for its organ. – SayangSabah