Heartbreaking: Baby bear clings to his mother after she was electrocuted by poachers

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A baby sloth bear desperately tried to cling to his dying mother after she was electrocuted by poachers at the Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. The ten-week-old cub was found crying and trying to nurse from his dying mother when rescuers from Wildlife SOS arrived.Baby bear clings to dead mother

According to the Facebook page for the organization, the baby was taken back to the facility’s base in Agra where he now joins 200 other sloth bears rescued from a variety of venues that had been forced to perform amid rampant neglect and cruelty. According to the Chief Executive of International Animal Rescue, Alan Knight,  the organization who is a major supporter of Wildlife SOS, the bear cub is in need of intensive treatment and care after suffering the terrible trauma. It is not known how the baby survived holding onto his mother, while she was being electrocuted by a high voltage wire that had been rigged up next to a tiger preserve.

Sloth bears are protected because their species have been threatened by habitat loss and poaching. Tragically their claws and organs are highly prized in the practice of Oriental medicine. Investigators, with the help of tracker dogs, were able to find the equipment from the poachers responsible for killing the mother bear. Six men have been arrested and are now awaiting trial.

As for the cub, he is currently receiving medical and emotional care at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.

(Photos and video courtesy of Wildlife SOS)

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Check out the baby sloth bear’s video:

Orphaned 10 Week Old Sloth Bear Cub

A 10 week old #SlothBear cub was found with his mother from the periphery of Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh after the mother was electrocuted. This orphan baby bear that surprisingly survived the shock was found clutching his dying mother tightly and nursing from her. Six Poachers were identified as having intentionally caused the electrocution of the bear by installing a deadly high voltage wire trap.While the poachers have been nabbed and are behind bars, we can never bring back the loss incurred by this poor defense-less cub! In order to try to fill the vacuum created in his life by the loss of his mother, please help us in providing the very best to this cub & consider donating a small amount for his lifelong care; https://give.wildlifesos.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1971&ea.campaign.id=52550

Posted by Wildlife S.O.S on Saturday, February 25, 2017



12 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    The unmitigated greed and inhumanity perpetrated by Asian countries with their archaic and nonsensical desires for animal parts for so called ‘medicinal ‘ purposes is the cause of animals being murdered. India is just as guilty by allowing animals to be killed so they can get $$$$$$$ that Asian countries pay makes me want to puke. BOYCOTT ALL ASIAN PRODUCTS IN THE UNITED STATES.

    • Roselyne CORNETTE says:

      100 % d’accord avec vous, mais les braconniers devraient être condamnés à mort. Une vie pour une vie. Pas de pitié pour les assassins d’animaux.

    • Dorothy Faye Reynolds says:

      Tho this computer I’m replying on is made in an Asian country, I too will boycott all Asian products sold in the USA. I start buy reading labels..! I’m sticking to my own pedigree..!

    • Nova Lamping says:

      Did you know that India is the country that conserves and nurtures their animals? I amazed with your lack of knowledge.

      • Mike says:

        India is not any less guilty of abusing, torturing and killing animals than all the other countries that are doing the same. I amazed at your lack of knowledge.

  2. Kathleen Drude says:

    People ask me why I have nothing but disdain and hate for the majority of the human race! Here is a prime example of why! This baby will forever be changed because of this and that is if he survives! As a veterinarian and animal rights activist I find the increase in violence against animals unsettling! The fact that the Chinese insist that organs from different creatures cures what ails you is nonsense! The science doesn’t support the claims made by the Asians! At this point there is going to come a final showdown between those of us who fight for animals and those who kill them!

  3. Kathryn Aldridge says:

    Poor little baby. I HATE what humans have done, and are doing, to our precious wildlife! He looks like he’s being well taken care of now. Swift healing and lots of love for you, little guy! ????

  4. tina says:

    China with advances in technology still resorts to having animals killed for remedies that are from the ancient era is despicable. It’s all about money. POS’s!!!!!

  5. Solveig Pettersson says:

    Poor little Bear ????glad you are seved! !! Pochers are very cruel and heartless !!! Hate them ????????????????????

  6. Bev Woodburn says:

    Put the animal murdering monsters to death. This is the only way we can stop these vile and evil animal murdering Poachers, Hunters and all animal tortuers, is to put them to death. Eradication from our planet is a must.
    It’s absolutely sickening and unforgivable the unimaginable torture and suffering these vile and evil animal murdering monsters commit against the innocent and helpless animals and the precious and innocent wildlife.


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