Saturday November 3, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: The non-stop barking of his dog made a 38-year-old businessman step out of his house to take a look.
Blue Lum saw what looked like a puppy in his car porch.
“I left it alone and went in to watch television,” he said.
When the barking continued, Lum’s son went out to look and was shocked to discover there was a sun bear cub outside.
Lum said he immediately asked his son to come back into the house and then called the Civil Defence Department.
Kota Kinabalu Civil Defence Department officer Mohd Hazle Shah Hamid said a call was received at about 10pm and officers were immediately despatched to capture the cub.
“It was not violent when our officers carried it and put it in a cage.
“We suspect the sun bear cub was being kept by someone as it was unlikely to have wandered here from the forest,” he said.
Rangers from the Lok Kawi Zoo arrived about an hour later and the cub is now in their care.
The sun bear or honey bear is found in the tropical rainforest of peninsula Malaysia and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.