Our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) have managed to rescue a badly injured sun bear cub, missing a paw, in Steung Treng province, in the northeast of Cambodia. After receiving a tip off, they left yesterday evening and drove all night to rescue the injured cub, finally rescuing it this morning.
They are now safely on their long way back to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, where they will hand it over to Free the Bears for further care. To date, the WRRT have saved over 75,000 wild animals.
Faces have been blurred to protect identities and avoid compromising future rescue operations.
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Update - October 18, 2019
The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) successfully arrived at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) where the bear will be treated by Free the Bears. The tiny sun bear weighs just 5 kg (11 lbs) immediately received veterinary care for her horrific snare injury that has severed her paw.
Update - October 25, 2019
X-rays revealed that an infection from the snare injury spread to the bones remaining in her paw, requiring partial amputation. After surgery, she is doing well. Her stitches are secure, she does not have much swelling, and she is growing stronger and feistier, a good sign! Follow Free the Bears for further updates on this bear’s recovery as they care for her at Phnom Tamao.