Sun bear caught hours after entering house in Sabah

Sabah Wildlife Department officers examining the condition of the sun bear.

KOTA KINABALU: A daring sun bear that went into a house in Kampung Abai, Kinabatangan, three days ago was finally captured by the Sabah Wildlife Department yesterday.

In a press statement here today, the department’s spokesperson, Siti Nur’ain Ampuan Acheh, said the male sun bear, weighing 40kg, entered a house in Kinabatangan on Sept 18 but left soon after.

“A team, comprising staff of Sabah Wildlife Department and Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre, headed by Dr Nabila Sarkawi, went to the site to assess the situation.

“The team decided to install a sun bear trap on Sept 20 near the house the animal entered. Within three hours, they had successfully caught the bear.”

She said the team’s veterinarian conducted a physical examination on the sun bear and found it had an injury on the front side of its left foot.

The injury is believed to be self-inflicted, based on the condition of the cut, and no foul play is suspected.

The bear was brought to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok, Sandakan, for further treatment.

“The department plans to release the animal back into the wild at the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary when it has fully recovered from the injury,” she said.

Meanwhile, Siti Nur’ain said the department is still tracking the sun bear that attacked a farmer in Kampung Entilibon in Tongod about a month ago.

She said the effort included setting up a trap near the area where the attack took place.