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Another new sun bear rescued by SWD and BSBCC

Text and photos by Siew Te Wong

BSBCC recently received a new rescued pet sun bear cub. Kept in a small cage, this poor bear was first seen by a friend of BSBCC in a remote village call Bongkud near Poring Hot Spring in Ranau Township, central Sabah. He then reported the incident to BSBCC and we filed a report to Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD). A rescue operation was conducted by the Sabah Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit on June 7th.

We name this female cub “Bongkud,” after the name of the village where she was rescued. It was already nightfall on June 19th when Bongkud arrived at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Weighing about 12 kg and with milk teeth attached, we estimated Bongkud about 10 months old. Unlike other sun bears, the coat of Bongkud looks rather dried, meager, and yellowish. I suspected she is suffering from malnutrition, a common problem that we experience from captive sun bear cubs. Her body has few patches of old scars that could resulted from unknown wounds and rubbing against small cages.

Bongkud is tame and did not show any sign of aggression since she arrived at the centre. Her mellow behavior could mean one thing- she was captured from the wild at a very young age. We still have not received her full report about the confiscation and information about the previous owner so we have no way to tell about her history. We placed her in a temporary cage. A full medical examination and health check will be carried out soon by the SWD’s veterinarian to check for potential illness and assess general health.

The number of rescued sun bear currently house at BSBCC is now reached 27 bears with the arrival of Bongkud. We hope we could provide a good and safe halfway house for her at the same time plans for reintroduction is underway. The task is never easy since the first day we started the project. However, with your help and support, we are determine to give these rescued sun bears a better home!  

 

Bongkud's fur appear to be quit yellow and less black Bongkud is curios on the tired that we give her as toy in her cage.

 
 

Bongkud is curios on the tired that we give her as toy in her cage.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Eastbourne resident fundraises for Jonny the sunbear

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/hutt-news/6939363/Eastbourne-resident-fundraises-for-Jonny-the-sunbear

 

Eastbourne resident fundraises for Jonny the sunbear

 

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 A Lower Hutt woman was so moved by the plight of an Indonesian sun bear she’s started a fundraising campaign to build it a new enclosure.

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Small steps: Carol Gorham of Lowry Bay hopes Lower Hutt schools and residents will get behind her campaign to help build a new enclosure for Jonny the sun bear.

Carol Gorham has never seen Jonny the bear in person, but conservationist friends emailed her about his plight, and sent her photos from his home in Seblat near Bengkulu city on Indonesia’s Sumatran island.

”His cage is two metres by one, which is really tiny for him. He can barely stand up in it, and he’s out in the hot sun as well, which is awful,” Mrs Gorham says. Sun bears can reach five foot when standing.

Unfortunately Sumatran jungles, which still house some of the world’s biggest wild animals like tigers, bears and elephants, are seen as easy targets for poachers.

Mrs Gorham’s friends are on the island working to rescue elephants and say the bear was formerly an illegal pet that was confiscated.

He is now being cared for by a veterinarian who works at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Seblat, but with no facilities and no finances to buy proper feed, Jonny’s not being kept in ideal conditions.

”When I read about it it’s really upsetting, and I thought I can try and do something for this one,” she says.

”It annoys me when people say it’s only one bear, that’s not the point.”

Jonny is not a wild bear, so Mrs Gorham’s first thought was that a zoo would be the best place for him. Unfortunately, after making extensive enquiries, all the zoos she called in Indonesia are not able to take him.

”They are very poor, and have poor conditions, and just can’t take another one, so I’m trying to find funding.”

Mrs Gorham says she hopes to raise an initial $3,000 to take care of basic costs for Jonny, like food and medical care and to draw up plans for a suitable enclosure to be built for him. In the long term she would like to raise a total of $10,000 to build the enclosure.

She hopes Lower Hutt schools might take up the cause by learning about Jonny and holding fundraising events.

She is also selling a range of skincare products each week at the Eastbourne market and on TradeMe, with all the profits going to Jonny’s cause.

While Ms Gorham says she’s in this for the long haul and recognises the project may take a couple of years, she says one day there’s the potential for the rescue centre Jonny is living at to be turned into a popular ecotourism attraction, and hopes a new cage for Jonny might help.

The same vet that is caring for Jonny is also looking after a rare Sumatran tiger that was found caught in a trap in the jungle, and had to have both front paws amputated, she says. ”That needs help too, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Carol Gorham’s can also be contacted about the fundraising project for Jonny on 589 9050 or [email protected]

– Hutt News

Koko the sun bear makes new friends!

Text by Gloria Ganang and Siew Te Wong

Photos by Siew Te Wong

Koko’s quarantine period has ended two weeks ago. A health check on her was performed late last months and the results showed that she is healthy and free from any disease. Today we started the first step of the integration and introduce her to our sun bear cub/yearling group. She was transferred to a new den next to another two sun bear cub/yearling, Mary and Debbie around 11.30 am.

Koko’s original den is located at the opposite site of the hallway from the youngsters. We use two pieces of plywood to make a corridor and lure Koko with honey to her new den. The process was much easier than we thought.

Hi, I am Koko. What's your name?

 

Debbie was so excited and there were interactions going on between her and Koko. Koko also get pretty excited and displayed a dancing move as she reacted to the company of Debbie from the next cage. However, Mary didn’t show much reaction towards her new neighbor. It might take some time for Mary to get used to an additional bear around her.

Koko seemed pleased with her new transfer, wandering and sniffing around her new cage, checking out the enrichment that was prepared for her.

Best of all, she has now got new friends to interact with after a long period of isolation.

The best enrichment for sun bear cub is another cub

Text and photos by Siew Te Wong

Time flies, Fulung the male sun bear cub that Sabah Wildlife Department rescued from Long Pasir last August is now more than a year old. Mary, the female sun bear cub that we rescued last September, also is a year old now. Both cubs, or “yearlings” by now they should be called, require a lot of exercises such as biting, climbing and digging and everything that you can think of to grow big and strong. After several months under our care, both of them grow bigger and strong, especially Mary.

Mary used be a lot smaller than Fulung. When we placed them together for the first time, Fulung used to me much more bigger than Mary. Fulung used to be the big bully but Mary always tried her best to fight back. Well, not really fight but play fight. Sometime we have to intervene the play fight when Mary started to be annoyed by the big bully Fulung. After all, the sun bear style play fights can be rough and damaging.

Sun bear cubs have a period where they grow very fast, typically when they are 5 to 10 months when they can gain 3-4 kg each month. Mary too, was no exception. During the first time when we mixed Mary and Fulung together Mary was about half the size of Fulung. Now after 4 months Mary caught up with her growth and reaches only slightly smaller than Fulung.

A photo worth a thousand words. Here are photos of Mary and Fulung I took during a 3 min play fight.

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*Warning* Cute sun bear cub photos! DO NOT KEEP SUN BEAR CUBS AS PETS!

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The story of Fulung – Part 2

Photos credit: Colleen Tan 

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WARNING:

Very cute sun bear baby’s photos.

Yes, Fulung the sun bear cub is VERY cute!

NO! You cannot keep a sun bear baby as pet! Please report to the authority if you see any illegal sun bears being kept as pets.

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In the next few days, many phone calls and emails were made among BSBCC, Sabah Wildlife Department, Colleen and her boss Md Eleanor Wong. The plan is to rescue Fulung and bring him to BSBCC. Nooh, the owner of Fulung, also came down to Kota Kinabalu the capital of Sabah, to deal with the surrender of the sun bear cub and the paper work needed for such surrender.

On August 10th, a rescue operation was organized by the Wildlife Rescue Unit of the Sabah Wildlife Department. Colleen, Nooh and the Sabah Wildlife Department Veterinarial, Dr Rosa, were in the team. They started their journey from Lok Kawi Zoological Garden near Kota Kinabalu around 10 am to Long Pasia. After a quick lunch at Sipitang, a small cowboy town closest to Long Pasir, the team continued their journey. While at Sipitang, Nooh heard from his brother saying that Fulung nearly die in Long Pasia because Fulung “missed” his owner so much to a point that was not eating any food for 3 days. Nooh’s son who was in Long Pasia told Fulung, “father in KK and fulung eat a bit, a bit :-P. The father in KK always woke up at 4am thinking of Fulung” This was real story I was told !!!

The journey from Kota Kinabalu to Long Pasir took about 6 hours on bad dirt road that was bumpy and slow.

The journey from Kota Kinabalu to Long Pasir took about 6 hours on bad dirt road that was bumpy and slow.

The team arrived at Long Pasia around 5.30 pm, Coleen witnessed the entire process. According to Coleen, it was “so touching……..kind of feeling, Fulung & Nooh. I don’t believe that happen to a bear and a man until I saw in real when Nooh took and hug Fulung at the little house in the paddy field & walk together, end in the trans-location cage. Attached photos tell more 🙂 ”

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After a quick rest at Nooh’s homestay for hot coffee and chit chat, the rescue team and Coleen left Long Pasia around 8 pm. Nooh said good bye to Fulung and told Fulung to be a good bear when he moved to the new place soon. There will be a new owner taking care of him. The rescue team rested at Sipitang town at 11.45 pm. Fulung has 2 pack soya drink. Finally Fulung and the rescue team reached Lok Kawi Zoo at 2 am where he stayed for few days to do some medical check up and observation before he was sent to BSBCC.

Nooh say goodbye to Fulung

Nooh say goodbye to Fulung

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Again, YOU CANNOT KEEP A SUN BEAR AS PET!

SUN BEARS ARE PROTECTED BY LAW IN ALL RANGE COUNTRIES. KEEPING SUN BEARS AS PETS IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE. YOU WILL BE FINE, IMPRESSION, AND CANE IF YOU DO SO!

 

To be continue…

Stay tuned!

The story of Fulung – Part I

Photos credit: Colleen Tan 

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WARNING:

Very cute sun bear baby’s photos.

Yes, Fulung the sun bear cub is VERY cute!

NO! You cannot keep a sun bear baby as pet! Please report to the authority if you see any illegal sun bears being kept as pets.

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In early August I was informed that there was a sun bear baby being kept as a pet by a villager in Long Pasir, a remote small village located at southern most Sabah, close to the Sarawak boarder. After several phone calls, I was managed to communicate with Colleen Tan, a tourism coordinator for Long Pasir who visited the village on a regular basis. From her conversation and emails, I got to know the story of Fulung a lot better. Here is what Colleen wrote to me about Fulung the sun bear cub:

“An interesting story about a male sun bear from Long Pasia named FULUNG (Lundayeh Language) which mean “hutan” in Malay or forest. Last year 01 December 2010, I was there at the homestay first saw the baby sun bear  (age 2 months) I was told that the sun bear was rescued from the hunting dog in the Long Pasia jungle. The baby sun bear was seriously injured. The hunter brought back to home and feed it, care it, maybe they use traditional medicine, until recovery today, as you can see from the photos i took & attached herewith.

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The baby sun bear is very cute and roar at midnight, morning, afternoon & evening for milk, During his 3 months, can run and chase people in the family and very naughty. Not always in the cage but free to run outside in the house, play, and bath. It roars at stranger (visitor) for a while but then friendly. It seem that he knew the family member. The family called him FULUNG he recognized 🙂
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During my visit to Long Pasia in January, February & May 2011, I took many photos of FULUNG. The sun bear is growing bigger and bigger and need more food. He will complaint if the porridge mixed with normal water and no sugar added in. He wanted rice + warm water + sugar, just like honey rice. They feed the baby sun bear with Dutch Lady & Nespray powder milk, banana, rice + warm water + sugar. I gave him mandarin orange and feed him banana. He plays the ball and sleep well and roar again when hungry. What a cute sun bear, living happily with the family?! But still belong to the forest.

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The family wanted to put back to the forest after few months but think of him will be back to home looking for them, and worried about others hunter, so they decided to treat him as a pet for the time being. Although other visitor offer to buy the sun bear for what purpose I don’t know, but the family don’t want to sell, worried if the sun bear being killed for certain part of the body.”
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To be continue…

Stay tuned!  

Again, YOU CANNOT KEEP A SUN BEAR AS PET! 

SUN BEARS ARE PROTECTED BY LAW IN ALL RANGE COUNTRIES. KEEPING SUN BEARS AS PETS IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE. YOU WILL BE FINE, IMPRESSION, AND CANE IF YOU DO SO!

Baby sun bears, panthers and monkeys: The extraordinary menagerie smuggled in first class passenger’s suitcases

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1386721/Bangkok-airport-authorities-bust-class-passenger-virtual-zoo-packed-luggage.html

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 8:00 PM on 13th May 2011
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1386721/Bangkok-airport-authorities-bust-class-passenger-virtual-zoo-packed-luggage.html#ixzz1MHiWozFN

A first-class passenger waiting to fly out of Bangkok was caught with suitcases crammed with rare baby animals.

The man, a 36-year-old United Arab Emirates citizen, was waiting to check-in for his flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport when authorities swooped.

The animals – including baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys – had been drugged and were headed for Dubai.

Trafficked: A panther cub receives an injection after it was seized from a United Arab Emirates citizen's luggage by Thai police at a Bangkok airport

Trafficked: A panther cub receives an injection after it was seized from a United Arab Emirates citizen's luggage by Thai police at a Bangkok airport

Vulnerable: It is not known if the animals, a three-month old white-cheeked gibbon

Vulnerable: It is not known if the animals, a three-month old white-cheeked gibbon

a leopard cub, right, were to be sold or kept as exotic pets when they got to Dubai

a leopard cub, right, were to be sold or kept as exotic pets when they got to Dubai

Undercover anti-trafficking officers had been monitoring the suspect since he allegedly bought the rare and endangered baby animals on the black market, according to the FREELAND Foundation, an anti-trafficking group based in Thailand.

When authorities opened the suitcases they found two leopards, two panthers, and Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys – all about the size of puppies.

Steven Galster, director of FREELAND, who was present when the man was intercepted said that the animals yawned when the bags were opened.

 

'A virtual zoo': Four two-month-old leopard cubs look from inside a cage. Undercover anti-trafficking officers had been monitoring the suspect since he bought the rare and endangered baby animals on the black market

'A virtual zoo': Four two-month-old leopard cubs look from inside a cage. Undercover anti-trafficking officers had been monitoring the suspect since he bought the rare and endangered baby animals on the black market

Let us out! A baby Malayan sun bear, looks out from his cage

Let us out! A baby Malayan sun bear, looks out from his cage

a black tufted Marmoset monkey clutches the bars of his prison with a mournful expression on his face

a black tufted Marmoset monkey clutches the bars of his prison with a mournful expression on his face

Imprisoned: A three-month old white-cheeked gibbon reaches out from him cage

Imprisoned: A three-month old white-cheeked gibbon reaches out from him cage

It looked like they had sedated the animals and had them in flat cages so they couldn’t move around much,’ Mr Galster said. Some of the animals had been packed inside canisters punched with air holes.

Authorities believe the man was part of a trafficking network and were searching for suspected accomplices.

Mr Galster said: ‘It was a very sophisticated smuggling operation. We’ve never seen one like this before.

‘The guy had a virtual zoo in his suitcases.’

Baby: A three-month old Malayan sun bear looks from inside a cage. Authorities believe the man was part of a trafficking network and were searching for suspected accomplices

Baby: A three-month old Malayan sun bear looks from inside a cage. Authorities believe the man was part of a trafficking network and were searching for suspected accomplices

Slumber: The baby bear sleeps off his sedative. The animals had been drugged and were heading for Dubai

Slumber: The baby bear sleeps off his sedative. The animals had been drugged and were heading for Dubai

Thailand is a hub for illegal wildlife trafficking, but authorities typically find rare turtles, tortoises, snakes and lizards that feed demand in China and Vietnam. Finding such an array of live mammals is unusual.

In Thailand, leopards and panthers fetch roughly $5,000 a piece on the black market, but their value in Dubai was presumably higher, Mr Galster said.

It was not known if the animals were destined to be resold or kept as exotic pets, a practice popular in the Middle East.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1386721/Bangkok-airport-authorities-bust-class-passenger-virtual-zoo-packed-luggage.html#ixzz1MHladCQT

Video of Natalie the Sun bear cub climbing vines

Sun bear, the world smallest bear, is also the world most arboreal bear.

They are equipped with soft food pads and strong curved claws that help them cling and grip on tree trunks and branches.

Since little, their instinct of climbing and exploring the height are strong.

They climb the trees for few purposes: finding food, rest and sleep on trees.

It is advantage for the sun bears to seek shelter on tree because there forest floor is always wet in the tropical rainforest.

Also, predators that known to pray on sun bears are often found on forest floor.

Sun bear are very agile on trees, to a point that they look more like apes, such as chimpanzee, than a bear.    

They start climbing at young age because it may take them a long time to master the skill of tree climbing.

At five months old, Natalie the sun bear cub is slowly improving her tree climbing skills.

Although clumsy sometime, the clumsiness is an important learning process for Natalie to be a skillful tree climber!

Natalie is one of many sun bear cub rescued by Sabah Wildlife Department that sent to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

BSBCC aims to conserve sun bear and educate the public on the plights of this little known bear. 

We need your help and support to make this happen.

Please visit http://sunbears.wildlifedirect.org/

Please help us spread the words and share this video.

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Update of Natalie the sun bear cub

Text and Photos by Wai Pak Ng, Acting Project Manager, BSBCC

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Happy New Year! This is what I want to wish my fellow readers / supporters / sun bear lovers and friends. I know a lot of people, including you, want to read more about Natalie, the latest rescue bear cub. I am sorry to keep you all waiting.

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Natalie arrived at BSBCC on the 23rd Dec 2010. Since then, she got use to our centre very fast. The bonding between me and Natalie grow stronger day by day. It is much easier to handle her now compare to her first week where she bitten me with her sharp milk teeth if I make her uncomfortable due to my clumsiness.

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In the wild, sun bear cubs follow their mother up to two years. Unfortunately, little Natalie is now an orphan and she is totally depends on us. It is a great responsibility for us to make sure Natalie is healthy and ready to get back to the forest where she truly belongs.  

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Milk is still the main food for her. Her front teeth were just erupted, and we will slowly introduce her with some soft solid food. Besides feed her five times a day, I also walk her around the centre regularly. Very soon, I will bring her into the forest enclosure.

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 With all your support, the entire BSBCC team and volunteers will continue giving Natalie the optimum care to make sure she is fit and ready to be released into the wild in the future.

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Three more new comers at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre!

Text and photo by Wai Pak Ng

Last month was a busy but a fruitful month for all of us in BSBCC. At first we have Ah Lun and Julaini come to our centre. Then, we accepted Kudat and Panda. We were pretty much nonstop on rescuing these caged sun bears until recently we having another three bears which add up to 19 bears in our centre!

The three latest rescued sun bears I mentioned above are Gutuk, Linggam and Toby. They are all males but come from three different age group: old, mature and young cub. Gutuk and Linggam used to house at our facility (the old bear house at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre) before BSBCC was set up in 2008. They were sent to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park few years ago due to lack of adequate space and resources to taking care of more bears. However, things are different after the setting up of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. With the establishment of BSBCC, we have our state of the art new bears house and another state of the art forest enclosure. This is time to rescue more caged sun bears and let them have a better living environment especially in the forest enclosure.

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As for Toby, he was just rescued by the Sabah Wildlife Department recently from a pet owner and was housed in Lok Kawi Zoo temporary before he was sent to us. Now Toby is the youngest bear in our centre!

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Within a month, BSBCC’s resident bears increased from 12 to 19 bears. For me, this does not increase our burdens, but a chance for us to keep our promise to provide a better living condition to those captive sun bears. This is just the beginning for BSBCC, its still a long way to free our bears and let them live in their nature home. So, let’s us work together and witness our growth!