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Text and Photos by Jacquelyn Jill Jepiuh
On the 26th July, BSBCC welcomed our 67th rescue - Rudy - a 4 year old female bear transferred from Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. It was a long day for her and our Bear Care team transporting her all the way from Lok Kawi to Sandakan but she finally arrived and all in good health.
Her first day in her new home was as expected as she showed some signs of stress and fear. However, thanks to Julamih and Jude for making her den as comfortable as possible, she eventually calmed down and we observed her to extremely enjoy the dead logs given to her when no one was looking. CCTV footage showed that she was very active during the night time exploring her den and playing with the enrichments the whole night.
It is now her 3rd day in BSBCC and each day we see her slowly settling in to her new environment. From barking at us when we would walk past to lazily glancing up at us as she continues her afternoon nap. We also observed her exhibit natural bear behaviour as she enjoys destroying logs in search for termites, climbing and playing with the tree branches in her den. This is the progress that makes us excited and hopeful for her future with BSBCC whereby she can eventually be released into a forest enclosure or even back to the wild.
Welcome to BSBCC, Rudy! We'll do our best to make you feel your bear-y self.
We love seeing Rudy slowly settling in to her den. She would climb and play with the branches and logs that our keepers gave.