Chinese Man Takes in Stray Dog, but It Turns Out to Be a Bear

May 6, 2016 Updated: May 6, 2016

A Chinese farmer took in an unusual stray “dog” but he was later told the animal is actually a bear.

The farmer, who was not named, took in the cub several weeks ago after he saw it hungry on the streets, the Mirror reported, citing Chinese state-run media reports.

He man thought it was a Kunming wolfdog, which are kept as pets. As a result, he kept it and raised it as if it were dog.

But after several weeks, he noticed that it was growing rather large and had unusual front paws and no tail.

Officials then left him flabbergasted, saying his “dog” is actually an Asian black bear, an endangered species.

Asian black bear (Guérin Nicolas via Creative Commons)
Asian black bear (Guérin Nicolas via Creative Commons)

They said a patch of whitish fur on its chest made it easily identifiable.

The cub was found in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, in Yunnan Province.

Officials said it might have strayed from its mother in a nearby forest.

They said that if people recognized it was an Asian black bear, people would have captured it for breeding or killed it.

The animal was taken to a nearby shelter for breeding purposes.

Asian black bears are threatened by poaching. Their paws are sought after as a delicacy.

This isn’t the first time a Chinese man raised a dog that turned out to be a bear.

Last year, it was reported that a man in Yunnan Province bought bears in 2013, and he thought they were puppies. It was revealed later that they were Asian black bears.

The animals grew quickly to a weight of around 100 pounds each, before the man, Wang Kayui, realized something was amiss.

Police also came to take away Wang’s pets from the cages where he was keeping them.

Asian black bears are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Deforestation is also a cause of their being endangered.