Precious Footage of Tiny Bear Cub Shared by Australian Animal Rescue

March 21, 2018 Last Updated: March 21, 2018

A bear rescue in Stirling, Western Australia, provided a glimpse of a new baby bear cub recently rescued by the organization.

Free the Bears posted a video on their Facebook page of one of their latest rescues, a female sun bear cub. The baby bear was rescued on Saturday, March 17, and weighs only about 3 pounds. According to the Facebook post, the bear is under 24-hour care and is fed 7 times a day. The cub can be seen in the video being taken out of her cage and attempting to move around.

The organization is asking for donations of cub care kits, which consist of special formula, towels to keep the cub warm, and hot water bottles.

Sun bears live in Southeast Asia. They grow up to be 60 inches long and 180 pounds in weight, making them small among bear species. They have a notable V-shaped pale mark on their chests. Because they’re threatened by hunting and deforestation, the bears are marked as vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Alongside the Asiatic black bear and brown bear species, sun bears are used in horrific bile extraction business in China, where the bile is drained from live bears’ gall bladders to be sold as purported medicine.

There is no evidence that bear bile has a medicinal effect, and there is no plausible mechanism by which it might work, according to Science-Based Medicine. However, the bile generates about $2 billion each year.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

 

Credit: Free the Bears via Storyful