Sick, hairless sun bear getting the care it deserves

Sick sun bear in the quarantine enclosure at Matang Wildlife Centre.

Sick sun bear in the quarantine enclosure at Matang Wildlife Centre.

 

Matang Wildlife Centre has been inundated with calls and queries about the sick sun bear which was handed over to the Wildlife Centre on April 2.

Siali Aban who is the manager of the centre also said that there had been numerous visitors enquiring and wanting to see the sick sun bear.

According to a press release by Sarawak Forestry (SFC) yesterday, the condition and treatment of the animal is now under the care of Dr Silje Robertsen, a volunteer veterinarian from Norway.

“As of today, the animal is alert, able to climb and eat normally. The sun bear is still kept in quarantine as she is still weak and is suffering from hook worms, mite infestation and moderate anaemia.

“As the bear has been very sick for a prolonged period of time, it is still too early to make a determination on whether she can make a full recovery. In the mean time, her treatment will continue based on a carbohydrate-rich diet with food supplements, antibiotics, protein and she would remain in quarantine to minimise external disturbances,” SFC said.

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