He’s filled out nicely and is a far cry from when the orphan was brought to them, scrawny with an ear infection and suffering from scabies.”He was awas murdered. We heard the incident happened in Azad Kashmir, near the Line of Control, and the poachers picked him up and put him in a bit of sack. He hadn’t even opened his eyes yet; he was still a baby .
The poachers had planned to sell him on to use in “bear baiting”, a blood sport in which dogs are set onto a bear chained to the stake, and two-month-old Daboo’s ears had been cut. The ears of bears used in this activity are because the dogs tear off the ear flaps, said Satti.
Handlers are now preparing to release the cub back into the wild, teaching him how to find food by scattering fruitand shrubs. They old after they are confident he can fend for himself in his natural habitat.
(Production: Sala Uddin, Sheree Sardar, Masako Iijima)
Daboo’s coat is glossy and shining now, a sign of a happy black bear.
A far cry from a month back when the two-month-old black bear cub was handed over to the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), half-starved, suffering from scabies and a severe ear infection.
“He was a baby bear stolen from his mother; his mother was murdered. We heard the incident happened in Azad Kashmir, near the Line of Control, and the poachers picked him up and put him in a little sack. He hadn’t even opened his eyes yet; he was still a baby bear cub, and they brought him to Rawalpindi,” Rina Satti, Chairperson of IWMB, told Reuters TV on Monday (July 13).
Satti said the poachers were planning to sell the cub to bear baiters.
However, some animal-loving young women managed to rescue the cub from their clutches in the nick of time. However, not before the poachers had cut off his ears in preparation for the cruel sport of bear-baiting that still goes on in remote areas of the country despite a small swimming pond and fruit and vegetables scattered among the shrubbery to enable him to learn to fend for himself in the wild.. Caretakers at IWMB prepare the cub for release into his natural habitat in Azad Kashmir when he is a year old. Meanwhile, the happy little bear frolics in a playground specially prepared for him, complete with a