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Chinese Man with Pet Bear Initially Thought It Was a Puppy

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Chinese Man with Pet Bear Initially Thought It Was a Puppy

PHOTO SOURCE: UPI/ Dr. Raju Kasambe/Wikimedia Commons

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Chinese Police acting on a tip from a neighbor who saw a post about an Asian bear  on social media, visited a man named Yang in Yongsheng county, Yunnan province, and found a 76-pound bear being kept in a cage.

Yang, told investigators he had found what he thought was a puppy while foraging for mushrooms in the mountains near his home in April 2015 and only realized it wasn’t a dog when it grew large.

Asian black bears are considered a protected species in China and those found to be keeping them without forest authority approval can face fines of up to $475, but authorities said Yang was not fined because the bear was found to be in good health and the man cooperated with the investigation.

The bear was turned over to the local wild animal protection department and transferred to an animal welfare center.

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