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Sun Bear Cub Kala Deserves a Chance

Text and Photos by Chiew Lin May

Kala is an 8 month old female sun bear cub who was rescued by the Sabah Wildlife Department on January 2015. At the time of her rescue, Kala showed signs of being emaciated, dehydrated and malnourished.

Thanks to the Sabah Wildlife Department, Kala was saved and brought to a new home at BSBCC. Six months later, she has progressed well and developed new skills during her rehabilitation.  Kala’s appetite has come roaring back as well. Her balanced diet consists of a combination of dog milk replacer, fruits, vegetables and porridge. She now weighs 15.95 kg. She is growing bigger and stronger. Kala has a full set of adult teeth. “Sun bear cubs have a period where they grow very fast, typically when they are 5 to 10 months where they can gain 3 to 4 kg each month” –  Wong Siew Te

Chart below shows the growth curve of Kala cub (Updated 17th July 2015). Showing she is healthy and keeps growing gracefully!

The sun bear cub will be offered different types of enrichment to stimulate and prepare her for life back in the wild. Inside Kala’s den, we provide enrichment such as Kong, Aussie Dog Ball, natural habitat enrichment (logs, dead wood, branches, dry leaves, fresh plant and etc.) and manipulation based treats. She’s making full use of the structural enrichments in the den. The big basket with the hammock is her favourite!

On February 26th, 2015 Kala caught her first glimpse of the world outside the forest. She has been exploring every patch of the forest and she is already picking out some favourite spots. Sun bears are opportunistic omnivores. Kala enjoys searching for termites, earthworms, beetle larvae and eating soil. Sun bear’s jaws provide a powerful bite and tear force. Kala will use her teeth to tear into trees to get insects beneath the bark. She is a pro at all speeds and directions of sun bear locomotion! She explores by herself and loves to run or roll about on the forest floor.

Sun bears are very adapt climbers, and cubs especially spend time climbing trees. She shows tremendous improvement in climbing skills, using her well-muscled little body with sharp claws that help her to grip trees during climbing. She can be cheeky when climbing trees. She will try to show us how great it is – a true home for her! Little Kala explores the tree canopy, and then finds a comfy liana or log to rest. Though all the challenges with skills, she keeps up her adventurous and playful behavior.

Here are the photos show Kala in different age and grow. Let look what Kala doing and spending at rainforest.

– 3 months old – (First arrival at BSBCC)

Kala, is the youngest female cub. She was bought by someone in Kalabakan-Sapulut road nearby Maliau Basin with the intention of saving the cub then to be surrended to the Sabah Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit.

Kala was emaciated, dehydrated and malnourished and requires round-the-clock care to help her recovery.

– 4 months old –

We began regularly taking Kala out for walks in the forest on February 26th, 2015.

Kala really loves the nature walks at forest!

 

– 5 months old –

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

When Kala is tired from exploring the forest, she will usually find a favorite place to rest or sleep

She loves to foraging for wild food in the forest

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

Kala’s left hind paw

– 6 months old –

Inquisitive nature!

Kala use her sharp canines for tearing trees to get at insects.

Kala use her sharp canines for tearing trees to get at insects.

When Kala is tired from exploring the forest, she will usually find a favorite place to rest or sleep

Grooming

Sunbath under the sun

She start learning how to climb trees!

Never hesitate to climb till top of the tree canopy!

Her bare soles and long sharp claws make her excellent tree climbers.

 

– 7 months old –

Kala’s hair grows short black and healthy, making her look very pretty indeed!

When Kala is tired from exploring the forest, she will usually find a favorite place to rest or sleep

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

Cheeky by the day

More high trees to climb and a chance to behave like the wild bear that she is

Beautiful and adventurous Kala is developing well !

Kala also spends more time exploring the forest

When Kala is tired from exploring the forest, she will usually find a favorite place to rest or sleep

Showing her little long tongue

– 8 months old –

Alert with surrounding smell and sound!

More high trees to climb and a chance to behave like the wild bear that she is

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

Kalar’s claw mark on the tree

More high trees to climb and a chance to behave like the wild bear that she is

More high trees to climb and a chance to behave like the wild bear that she is

More high trees to climb and a chance to behave like the wild bear that she is

She enjoys the soil that she gets at the forest

Search for termites time!

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

She loves spend every moment digging, puliing, tearing at everything in her path

When Kala is tired from exploring the forest, she will usually find a favorite place to rest or sleep

Peek- a- boo!

When Kala is tired from exploring the forest, she will usually find a favorite place to rest or sleep

Kala definitely has a lot to learn to build her forest skills, confidence and independence.

As a sun bear cub Kala is learning the skills and strength she needs to survive in the wild. Her forest skills continue to improve. Sun bears are magnificent and beautiful creatures in their natural habitat but because of habitat destruction, pet trade and poaching they have been led to decline by at least 30 per cent in the last three decades, they need our help!  Please show your support and help the smallest bear species by adopting Kala and her friends! Your support enables us to care for these orphaned sun bears.

 

Meet Loki !


Loki, one year old orphan female sun bear cub arrived at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre on March 24, 2014. She had been confiscated by Sabah Wildlife Department who discovered her living in the backyard of an inn where she had been illegally kept as pet for about five months. Her previous owner purchased her from a friend in Ranau on west coast of Sabah and had named her “Ooi”.

The story of her background is still unclear but sad to think that her mother has certainly been killed. Loki has made tremendous progress during her time at BSBCC and has acquired many of the survival skills she that she will need in order to survive in the wild. We look forward to the day when she will live in the Borneo forests that she loves!

Steve Denim from UK, who has a passion for sun bears, adopted this very special sun bear cub and changed her name to “Loki” as a way to remember his cat who had been struck by a car. On behalf of the sun bears, we want to say “Thank You” to Steve Denim who continues to support Loki though the BSBCC adoption program. His continued support helps to rescue and care for this orphan sun bear ensuring her well-being and future care.

 

Loki arrived at BSBCC on 24th March 2014. Delivered by Sabah Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit.

Having a good snooze!

 


Integration with Sunbearo and Ronnie

Although sun bear is solitary in the wild, sun bear in captivity appear to benefit from social interaction.

Loki was very stressful and shy when she first arrived at the Centre. Now she has changed so much especially after integrate her with Sunbearo (one year old male sun bear cub) and Ronnie (6 months old female sun bear cub). They love to spending time together playing, chasing, foraging, climbing and resting.

Lovely to see them playing freely and enjoying themselves!

They enjoy and happily spend time exploring their den.

The joys of the play fight!

Loki is very sociable bear that like to join and hanging out with Sunbearo and Ronnie.

 

 

Enrichment for sun bears

Enrichment improves the well being of bears in captivity and improves reintroduction success by encouraging natural behaviours to survival in the wild. Enrichment activities include logs, tyres, dead wood, branches, twigs, dried leaves, fresh plant material, and etc.

Enjoying some tasty treats.

 

FOOD

In the BSBCC, food enrichment introduces the necessary variation onto the diets of the bears.

Loki absolutely loves food and enjoys eating variety of fruits, termites, invertebrate and honey!

Sniffing out hidden pieces of fruits.

 

Little Loki is starting put her past behind her and is learning to be a wild bear again. Thanks to Steve Denim, she is able to enjoy the freedom to live her life as a sun bear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You to Steve Denim!

Steve Denim from UK, who has a passion for sun bears, adopted this very special sun bear cub and changed her name to “Loki” as a way to remember his cat who had been struck by a car. On behalf of the sun bears, we want to say “Thank You” to Steve Denim who continues to support Loki though the BSBCC adoption program. His continued support helps to rescue and care for this orphan sun bear ensuring her well-being and future care.

Certificate of Adoption

Thanks Giving Gift