Rescued Bear Cub Returns To Forest, Goes Absolutely Bonkers

This little sun bear has the best reason wild animals shouldn’t be kept as pets: her pure joy at being reintroduced to the forest she was taken from.

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Like many young bears, Kala was a victim of the illegal wildlife trade. Her mother was likely killed by poachers so the little cub could be sold as an exotic pet. Fortunately, the person who bought her quickly surrendered her to officials and she ended up at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center (BSBCC) in Malaysia in January, already emaciated and malnourished from her brief time in captivity.

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Kala quickly perked up at BSBCC, and carers began to take her out on forest walks in late February. The result was unbridled excitement.
Pictures show the young sun bear looking ecstatic as she explores her newfound freedom. Back in the forest for the first time since she was taken from her mother, the little bear can be seen biting at branches, exploring everything in sight and rolling around on the forest floor in sheer happiness.

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“Kala is everything a cub should be — playful, inquisitive and sweet-natured,” BSBCC wrote on its site. “Kala loves spending her time lying on forest floor and grabbing dry leaves or branches to bite and play with. She has become more active and energetic, and her favorite activities include digging, eating soil, and playing.”

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BSBCC said Kala enjoys foraging for termites and earthworms to eat. As noted above, she also has a strange but harmless passion for eating soil.

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She also appears to be a bit skittish. “When she comes across something unexpected like a millipede or giant ant she is very cautious, shows little interest, and then runs away,” BSBCC writes.
In the wild, Kala would have remained with her mother until she was 2 or 3 years old. Since she was so cruelly snatched away, BSBCC is stepping in to help raise the little sun bear and, hopefully, reintroduce her to the wild.

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At the moment, carers are working on teaching the little bear to climb. Sun bears are arboreal, but Kala would become “fussy” whenever workers tried to help her into the trees. So, they built a custom jungle gym for her to play on at home, and gradually become more comfortable with getting off the ground.

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And the little bear makes do with what she has. Since Kala has no mother or sibling to wrestle with, she likes to playfully attack carers’ boots with her little claws and teeth.

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“Her forest skills are improving day by day,” BSBCC wrote. “We are absolutely delighted that Kala will have the second chance to live in the wild again once she is ready for life in the forest.”

To support Kala’s care, you can make a donation to BSBCC through the group’s website.

You can see more of the little bear’s happy reintroduction to the forest below.

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By Ameena Schelling

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Militants bulldoze through Native American archeological site, share video rifling through artifacts

Militants bulldoze through Native American archeological site, share video rifling through artifacts – By Jen Hayden : dailykos.com

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A federally owned bulldozer in the background has been used to bulldoze an ancient site

Armed militants at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge continue to damage both the delicate ecosystem of the refuge and archeological sites of critical importance to the Burns Paiute Tribe. Amanda Peacher from Oregon Public Broadcasting shared photos of what appeared to be a new road in the refuge and got confirmation that not only is the road new, it goes through a vitally important area:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed Thursday that not only is the road built last week by the occupiers new, but it is also within an archaeological site important to the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Members of the Burns Paiute Tribe are increasingly angry nothing has been done to get the armed militants out of the refuge and away from their artifacts and the archeological sites:

On Friday, the tribe delivered a letter to federal agencies including the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service demanding prosecution of Ammon Bundy and other armed militants occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, “If the occupiers disturb, damage, remove, alter, or deface any archaeological resource on the refuge property.

There are approximately 4,000 artifacts belonging to the tribe in the buildings the militants are holding. The occupation is entering its third week.

The tribe is demanding federal action under both theArchaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and a “protection against bad men” provision in the treaty the tribe signed with the United States in 1868.

Meanwhile, in the video below, LaVoy Finicum and other armed militants show themselves rifling through boxes of artifacts and offering to return them to the Burns Paiute Tribe. Some of the artifacts at the refuge date back 6,000 years. Tribal representatives have repeatedly said they want the militants to leave immediately:

“They just need to get the hell out of here,” said Jarvis Kennedy, a member of the tribal council. “They didn’t ask anybody, we don’t want them here…our little kids are sitting at home when they should be in school.”

They also note the relationship with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has evolved over the years:

“We feel strongly because we have had a good working relationship with the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge,” she said. “We view them as a protector of our cultural rights in that area.”

Watch as the militants open boxes and show off the artifacts, complaining about their storage and offering to return to the tribe who helped archive them at the refuge in the first place: