In January, on a Malaysian palm oil plantation, workers came across a strange creature they were calling “alien-like.” The creature, hairless and in obviously poor health, was beaten with a stick by one of the frightened workers. The workers, who had managed to scare the beast off, filmed the alien-like creature escaping. The video has since gone viral with almost six million views.
The Inquisitr reported on the sighting back in February, stating that officials were calling the creature a sun bear, a native and endangered animal in Malaysia. You can view the original video below. Be warned, the video contains a sick and struggling animal some may find hard to watch.
The strange and gnarly outward appearance of the animal left the plantation workers and the internet speculating its origins. Some would say otherworldly. A team from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation knew it to be a diseased sun bear and have spent the last two months searching the area for the sick animal.
The sun bear made a reappearance Wednesday morning on another palm oil plantation. This time, workers on the plantation captured the bear instead of scaring it back into the forest. Once the sun bear was in a cage, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) was called.
The Dodospoke with Nickson Robi, a representative from SFC, who states that the bear is getting the care she needs.
“The bear is in a good and safe place. She has eaten the food and drank the water we gave. But she still is hairless and sick, and we need to find out what the sickness is.”
The bear is aggressive and frightened, not surprising with all she has had to endure. At least she is in the right hands now.
“I just took the bear to our wildlife center here,” Robi said. “A veterinarian there will check up on everything to find what medication should be given to the bear. We are hoping that the bear will recover quickly, so we can put her back to the wild.”
A sun bear normally has lush dark fur with a patch of honey colored fur on its neck area. The number of sun bear in the wild is dropping due to habitat loss through deforestation. The bear is considered to be endangered and is a protected species in Borneo.
Would you have been scared of the alien- like creature like the workers? Or would you have tried to help the sick sun bear when it was first spotted?
[First Two Images Courtesy of Nickson Robi/The Dodo, Third Image via commons.wikimedia.org]