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Baby bear rescued

Baby bear rescued

A six-month-old Malayan sun bear will arrive at the Phnom Tamao Zoo this evening, after being confiscated from the Sok San Hotel in Stung Treng town on Saturday. The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, a cooperative effort between the forestry administration and local NGO Wildlife Alliance, will assist in transporting the bear to the zoo. Zoo director Nhek Ratanak Pich said yesterday that the bear would be released to live alongside the 128 bears already present at the facility. “Feedings bears at home and keeping them in a small cage is very dangerous,” Nhek Ratanak Pich warned. “They get meaner as they grow because an adult bear needs a lot of space.” According to NGO Free the Bears, some hotels keep bears caged for the amusement of guests and tourists or as a status symbol.

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