Sun bear is an arboreal bear. In the wild, they spend a lot of their time resting, sleeping, and foraging on tree canopy of Southeast Asian rainforest. Like Mary, sun bear cub learns how to climb when they are young. Their mother will bring their cubs to look for food when they are capable to move around. At the age of 4 or 5 months old, sun bear cubs are capable of walking, running and climbing.
So what is a big deal of Mary climbing a tree at the age of 9 month?
Mary is not an ordinary sun bear cub. Her mother was probably killed by poacher when she was about three months old. She was then captured by the poacher and kept as a house pet. Her owner has no knowledge of raise a sun bear cub.
They did not give Mary milk, which is the most important food for all baby mammals. Because of that, she lacked sufficient nutrient for her growth and development, such as calcium and other minerals to build bones in her body.
Mary has a relatively small body when Sabah Wildlife Department rescued her and sent to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
Her body was relatively short and small. She cannot walk and run properly like other sun bear cub her age. She has weak limbs and walk slowly. Clumsy, so to speak. We believe Mary suffered from calcium deficiency. We hope she can overcome this problem and grow well under the care of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
Today she was climbing this dead tree and trying to find food in the tree. Although she failed to find any termite or ant colony, she did well on her climbing skill. This is a big start and a good progress for Mary the sun bear to start her new life at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre aims to conserve sun bear through education, research, rehabilitation, and improve welfare for captive orphan sun bears.
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