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Chinese family's dog turns out to be a bear

Posted on Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 | Comment icon 14 comments

Who's a good dog... ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Guerin Nicolas
One family got the surprise of their lives when they discovered that their adopted 'puppy' was actually a bear.
The new pet, which was adopted back in 2016 by Su Yun and her family of Kunming city, Yunnan province, was originally thought to be a Tibetan mastiff - a species of large dark-colored dog.

Despite the veracious appetite of their new 'puppy', the family hadn't suspected a thing until two years later when they finally realized that their beloved canine had become a 250-pound black bear.

According to the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center, the animal is an Asiatic black (or white chested) bear that also happens to be classed as a vulnerable species by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

These bears are highly valued on the black market and are also hunted for their body parts.

This one was quite fortunate to have been so well looked after.

Source: Asia One | Comments (14)

Tags: China, Dog, Bear

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 16 May, 2018, 15:14
I think they knew it was most likely illegal to keep a black bear. "I thought it was a dog?" to keep from going to jail or a fine.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Carlos Allende on 16 May, 2018, 15:57
Does that mean ...Gentle Ben was a dog?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tom the Photon on 16 May, 2018, 19:30
Bloke down the pub offered to sell me a bear. Turned out he meant beer.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 17 May, 2018, 9:27
1. it does not say "woof". 2. It does not fetch the paper. 3. It is not a dog !
Comment icon #9 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 17 May, 2018, 9:28
Seems like I do not own a dog either..maybe it's a bear....
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 17 May, 2018, 14:32
Well mine only does item one. She refuses to fetch anything that isn't a squirrel or similar "critter". I did have a very stocky and furry mixed cocker years ago. We were at a rest stop somewhere and a guy asked why we had a black bear on a leash. She went woof and fetched so she definitely was a dog.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jon the frog on 17 May, 2018, 14:52
And people are seeing Bigfoot everywhere while they are not able to identify a bear from a dog...
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 17 May, 2018, 16:40
Sweet looking thing, uh, I guess.
Comment icon #13 Posted by ~Onyx~ on 17 May, 2018, 18:36
....And in more recent news, aliens admit to secretly lobotomizing a random local family. Coincidence? I think not!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 18 May, 2018, 7:27
Made in China ?

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