from photographer Michael P. Turco

Sun bear

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Caption: Sun bear
Scientific name: Helarctos malayanus
Location: East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Copyright: © Michael Turco 2014
Photographer Code: 10908
AGPix ID: AGPix_MiPTu14_2964
Photo Alignment: 35mm (horizontal)
Comments: Yes, this is one very worried looking sun bear. I accompanied a small team from Wanariset which included an officer from the Minister of Forestry to confiscate this illegally kept sun bear. How long the bear had been in captivity was unclear but it had been long enough for its nails to become very long. One nail was so long that it curled back around cutting into the bear's flesh causing an infection. The bear was sedated, removed, crated and placed on top of a truck. I complained that the bear was placed laying on its back and could suffocate, the team turned the bear over. I was not pleased to be on the equator with a sun bear in a crate traveling for hours on the roof of a truck, but lets keep in mind that these people are doing the best they can with the resources they have. It was a Friday and almost dark by the time we reached Wanariset. The team unloaded the bear into an on-site cage and started to leave. I complained stating that the bear needed immediate attention. In the end, through the weekend, I cared for the bear. This is not a knock against Wanariset just a basic accounting of what happened. I have the greatest respect for people who try to help others.

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