Puppy grows into a huge black bear, surprising Chinese family

Puppy grows into a huge black bear, surprising Chinese family

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Puppy grows into a huge black bear, surprising Chinese family

While on vacation in 2016, a Chinese woman bought the family a Tibetan mastiff puppy they discovered for sale on the side of the road. Or at least she thought she bought a Tibetan mastiff.

But as the pet kept growing and started showing a talent for walking on two legs, as reported by the Independent, it became evident that what Su Yun had purchased two years ago was really a protected Asian black bear.

“It was a tiny mastiff puppy, and when I brought him home, he continued to be one,” Su Yun of the southwestern Yunnan province told the China News Network, according to RT.com. “But the more he grew, the more like a bear he looked. I am a little scared of bears.”

The bear consumed a box of fruit and two buckets of noodles every day and grew into its current size of 440 pounds.

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Learning that keeping a protected wild animal at home without a license is illegal, Su contacted the police. The Asian black bear was sedated and transported to its new home at the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center.

“Given that Su [the bear keeper, presumably Su Yun’s husband] had raised the animal without knowing it to be a black bear and then actively contacted and cooperated with us to send it to the forestry authorities, we will give him a reduced punishment,” Zhang Haibin, vice director of the local forest police station, told the China Global Television Network in the video.

The “reduced punishment” was not revealed. But considering that Asian black bears, illegally sold on the black market for their body parts, are a threatened species with reportedly fewer than 50,000 still alive, one might think it would still be something substantial.

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