A woman in south-west China was shocked to find out the dog she has been raising for two years was an endangered black bear.
Ms Su bought a black puppy, thought to be a Tibetan Mastiff, during a vacation two years ago until she found out the pooch turned out to be a 440lbs bear.
She decided to send her pet bear to a wildlife rescue centre to receive better care.
Ms Su, from southwest China, has mistakenly raised an endangered bear at home for two years
She was told that it was a black Tibetan Mastiff puppy when she bought it during a vacation
Ms Su told China News that she noticed her ‘puppy’, which she named as Little Black, grew up to be a bear after two years.
‘It can eat a full box of fruits and two buckets of noodles a day,’ said Ms Su.
Ms Su, from Yunnan Province, noticed it was illegal to raise or keep wildlife animals and decided to seek help from a local zoo.
She asked Kunming Zoo for help however she failed to present a birth certificate of the bear to the zoo.
On May 9, Ms Su contacted Kunming Forestry Police and they suggested to send the bear to Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Centre.
The endangered bear, named Little Black, is one metre tall (3.28ft) and weighs 440 lbs
The bear was sent to a wildlife rescue centre under the help of local forestry police
Ms Su thought the small bear cub she bought was a Tibetan mastiff puppy (file photo)
Footage uploaded on Pear Video shows the one-metre-tall bear walking in a small cage as forestry police takes it to the zoo.
The endangered bear weighs about 200 kg (440lbs), according to Ms Su.
It had no wounds and scars found on the body. A preliminary checkup report also showed the bear is in good health.
The animals was confirmed to be an Asiatic Black Bear, which is a protected animals in China.
It’s also an endangered animal species widely traded by illegal smugglers in Asia for their body parts.
WHAT ARE ASIATIC BLACK BEARS?
Asiatic black bear is also known as moon bear.
The species is listed as Appendix I by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international agreement between governments aimed to protect endangered animals and plants.
Appendix I is the highest category for endangered species, and according to the convention, animals in the category are threatened with extinction.