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Old 25-05-2015, 12:04 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by omnisense View Post
Animals are magnificent and beautiful. I love every one.
yes, and I am starting to think that many an animal have started to notice that something is very wrong in this world, yet they wonder how to get on with life. after all, for years we were told of ascension and living life in a higher dimention after 2012 etc...

Originally Posted by 1zenith View Post
These seals look like a lot like the angelic E Ts I see. Sooo cuuuuteeee.
cute. lol


Sick Sun Bear Rescued By Sarawak Forestry Corporation After YouTube Video Goes Viral

A sick and hairless sun bear was finally rescued months after it was dubbed a “strange creature,” the Dodo reported April 2. The bear gained attention in January after a video filmed by workers at a Borneo palm plantation in Malaysia went viral.

“The workers were on their way to work when they saw the animal and caught it after that. They brought the animal to the plantation office before we informed Sarawak Forestry Corp.,” the manager of the SFC, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Borneo Post.

It is unknown what ailment has sickened the bear, but the SFC plans to help her as much as possible. "A veterinarian there will check up on everything to find what medication should be given to the bear. We are hoping that the bear will recover quickly, so we can put her back to the wild,” Nickson Robi of the SFC told The Dodo.

When the sun bear was finally captured, she was aggressive and frightened. She had been beaten by people who didn’t realize the “alien-like” creature was just an ill sun bear, the Dodo noted.

Hundreds of people commented on the YouTube video after hearing the animal was harmed. “This makes me want to cry and is one of the reasons I hate the human race, it’s not doing anything bad and it’s in a horrible condition give it some food or water, don’t hit it,” one YouTube viewer wrote. “Why do they take a video instead of helping it?! That's so sad,” another person added.

The sun bear is an omnivore that grows 4 for 5 feet long. They are named for the half-moon shape patch on their chests and usually weigh from 60 to 150 pounds. The species is labeled as in vulnerable condition by The International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Causes of Endangerment

Many bear species suffer from excessive killing and dramatic habitat loss worldwide. There are eight species of bears in the world: Malayan sun bear, Asiatic black bear, spectacled bear, American black bear, giant panda, sloth bear, polar bear, and brown bear.

The northern brown bears have been eliminated from half their former range. Certain Asian bear species are struggling to survive with 75 percent of their former habitat gone. Even the polar bear, seemingly isolated in the Arctic, may be threatened by pollutants in the food chain and proposed oil development in denning areas.

Wrenching Photos Of Unrecognizable Bear Reveal Horrors Of Exotic Pet Trade

The heartbreaking story of a young sun bear kept in a dark room for most of her short life is a searing example of the unthinkable suffering people inflict upon animals captured for the wildlife trade.

WARNING: Disturbing and graphic images below.

Volunteers from the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand arrived at a Buddhist temple last week to do a routine check-up of their animals. They discovered something horrible: a 3-year-old sun bear named Kwan who had been kept in a dark, sunless room for the past 2 years.

Pictures of Kwan are absolutely wrenching. Emaciated and hairless, it's impossible to recognize the shrunken figure as a bear. Her face is covered in sores, and she has twisted, untrimmed claws. She can barely hold up her head, but she still turns to her rescuer in what looks like a show of gratitude.

For comparison, this is what a healthy sun bear looks like.

The group "begged" the temple to let them take Kwan, they said in a post, and rushed her to their rescue center. They fought through the night to keep her alive, though she was too weak to eat and stopped breathing several times. Despite their best efforts, the little bear slipped away a few hours later.

"We have done all we could to keep her with us," WFFT wrote. "We are all devastated of this loss."

While Kwan was worse off than most, she's not alone. In Thailand, where the exotic pet trade is still thriving, many people take in young wild animals only to become disenchanted when they grow up. The easy thing to do is dump them at a Buddhist temple, which are seemingly "sacred places" where animals should be protected, WFFT said on Facebook.

But many of the animals abandoned at these temples are doomed to lives of neglect in small, barren cages. Many monks are well-meaning but unprepared to care for wildlife, and a few shameless temples will encourage people to turn over their animals so they can create zoos of sorts. These zoos, like the one where Kwan was kept, bring the temples both attention and money.

"When you have six bears, three gibbons, five monkeys, then it's not a coincidence anymore," WFFT founder Edwin Wiek told the Los Angeles Daily News. "It's a business."

While WFFT is working hard to fight this practice, they have no power to seize animals and it's difficult to get authorities involved when the culprits are monks. "Religious leaders are just like politicians and wealthy people often above the law, so legal charges for illegal wildlife possession or animal cruelty are usually not pressed by police or other authorities," the group wrote.

There are still four other bears at the temple where Kwan was found, kept in dirty cages with rotten food, but they might have a better chance than she had. WFFT has been complaining to authorities about the temple since 2012, though they only discovered Kwan the day they rescued her. After her story was posted, authorities told the organization that they would be removing the other four bears within the next few days.

Kwan's story is an extreme example, but every year the illegal animal trade takes tens of thousands of lives. Many wild mothers, including bears and orangutans, are killed so their babies can be sold into captivity, and those babies often end up with unprepared owners who abuse or abandon them. The illegal wildlife trade is a lucrative and dangerous criminal business, and the problem isn't restricted to overseas — there are 5,000 tigers in captivity in the U.S. alone, more than there are left in the wild in the entire world, and only 6 percent of those are in accredited zoos.

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