Scared cub climbs utility pole near police station running from poachers in Siberia
“[The cub] likes chocolate candies, berries, like a
child,” Zhargal Ayushev, a specialist at the at the
Ethnographic Museum of Transbaikalia’s mini-zoo in Ulan-Ude, told
Komsomoskaya Pravda, with a smile on his face.
The animal was spotted by locals from Murkhoshibir in the Republic of Buryatia at 6:30am on May 9 near a police station.
The cub became scared of the people and climbed up a utility pole, said an official from the Inspection for the Protection of Nature, Mikhail Klementyev. Police immediately called an electrician who safely returned the animal to the ground.
Police launched a criminal case, suspecting that the two-month-old cub’s mother was killed by poachers.
“The natural environment of our area is not actually suitable for bears. We suppose the bear cub came from the taiga,” Andrey Fefelov, state inspector for nature protection, told local Arig Us TV channel.
“Obviously its mother was killed by poachers, illegally, and the cub was brought here.”
Klementyev said that authorities had been having trouble finding a home for the cub – local circuses and zoos were not willing to take the little bear.
The brown orphan is too small to be released into the wild, Ayushev explained. “No, he won’t survive, he needs a mother. Bears stay with their mother until they are up to three years old.”
After almost loosing hope, a vacant place was found at the Ethnographic Museum of Transbaikalia’s mini-zoo.