RESCUE BEAR 54
AGE: 1 year old
MEANING OF NAME: Originally nicknamed “Kalong” by the previous owner, but we change her name “Kina”, after the place where she was kept at Kinarut, Sabah.
HISTORY: Her owner claimed that Kina’s mother was crossing a road and got frightened then just ran away and left Kina behind. Kina was just a bear cub and had not even opened her eyes yet. Hence, her owner took her and kept her for more than a year. We will never know exactly what happened to Kina before she was found alone in the forest. The owner then decided to surrender her to the Sabah Wildlife Department on February 2nd, 2017. Kina arrived at BSBCC on March 1st, 2017. Kina had been kept as an illegal pet for a year. She had a relatively small head compared to her body and her canines appeared small. During the arrival she weighed 12.85kg. She showed signs of malnutrition and was poorly cared for since she was a cub. She lacked sufficient nutrients for her growth and development due to being fed inappropriate food. She was fed rice, coconut, sugar cane and Nespray (full cream milk powder).
PERSONALITY: Upon rescue, Kina showed no fear of humans which has resulted from the habituation from the effect of being kept as an illegal pet. We are trying to wean her off close contact with humans and will introduce her to new bear friends. We are deeply saddened by the likely fate of her mother. She is a young, energetic and playful bear full of enthusiasm. She is quickly settling into quarantine. She is braver and accepts everything on offer. She enjoys the fun enrichment we come up with. She can be seen loving to explore and climb around the den. Kina tries her best at demolishing dead logs to get every delicious treat out of the enrichment. She will use her favorite food (Honey dew, Papaya or enrichment) to rub it over her head and body! She enjoys playing for hours with the bear ball. She tries different ways to tear, paw and roll to reach enrichment. Kina also is an expert in climbing logs by using her long and curved claws! This allows her to be happy and simply enjoy chilling as a bear! Sun bear cubs like Kina are our hope for the future – she needs the life she deserves!
IDENTIFYING MARKS OR TRAITS:Has a slender and pointy muzzle with a “U” symmetry shaped chest mark.
Kina is available for MY BEAR adoption.