RESCUE BEAR 56 (RELEASED)
AGE: 7 Years Old
MEANING OF NAME: Named after the town she was rescued from - village of Sikalabaan
HISTORY: Sika was found by a foreigner who travelled to the village of Sikalabaan, in Pensiagan district, one of the most rural areas in Sabah. He had visited the BSBCC so he decided to call the BSBCC and asked us to rescue this bear cub. He saw that the bear cub was being kept in a chicken mesh cage as a pet. She was previously fed with condense milk, fruits and cereal.
PERSONALITY: Sika has stolen our hearts with her beautiful blue eyes. She is developing into a lovely, active and playful bear. She is content with playing and discovering enrichments on her own. Sika loves to sit high up on the log enrichment hung up in the den or the hammock while observing her surroundings. She is brave and accepts everything on offer. She cannot stop exploring either the environment or enrichment. Sika has a fantastic ability to climb high. She is developing her muscles every day. In quarantine, Sika loves to spend time play fighting with Kina, Soo, BJ and Diana. They seem to get along well and explore their world of fun. On 6thFebruary 2020, Sika moved to the bear house with Kina, BJ and Soo. She settled down quickly. Sika loves staying in the forest. Sometimes she stays out for the night too. She shows curiosity about everything. Sika is a shy bear. In the forest, she always hides under the bushes. It is hard to see her when in the shade with her darker coloured snout. Sika has shown positive signs of a rehabilitated bear preparing for a future life in the Bornean forest.
Sika was successfully released to Tabin Forest Reserve on the 10th February 2023.
The team worked hard to ensure a smooth release operation for Sika. Once they arrived the release site and finished setting up everything necessary, her translocation cage door was opened at 12.11pm and Sika immediately ran out. Still in sight, she slowly and calmly explored her new environment until she went deeper into the forest. In a blink of an eye she was gone.
Words cannot describe the joy we felt seeing Sika back in the wild, where she truly belongs. Run free beautiful Sika, may you never encounter another human again!
Read more about Sika's release:
Sika - Born To Be Wild
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