Just what is it? Seen at an oil palm plantation in Sarawak…

THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED. They caught Golem the sun bear!

Golem the sun bear is dead. Of cancer.

Malnourished female sun bear died of cancer

By SOPHIA IVY JO – 20 May 2015 @ 7:37 PM
KUCHING: The malnourished female sun bear, which had previously mistaken as a strange-looking animal and generated a buzz in the social media, had died on Monday.
In a statement issued by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation today, it was stated that the sun bear had succumbed to cancer.

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Congratuations to SARAWAK FORESTRY for their recent sun bear rescue after months of Search and Rescue operations!…

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A sick and hairless sun bear was finally rescued months after it was dubbed a “strange creature,” the Dodo reported April 2. The bear gained attention in January after a video filmed by workers at a Borneo palm plantation in Malaysia went viral.

“The workers were on their way to work when they saw the animal and caught it after that. They brought the animal to the plantation office before we informed Sarawak Forestry Corp.,” the manager of the SFC, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Borneo Post.

It is unknown what ailment has sickened the bear, but the SFC plans to help her as much as possible. “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,” Nickson Robi of the SFC told The Dodo.

When the sun bear was finally captured, she was aggressive and frightened. She had been beaten by people who didn’t realize the “alien-like” creature was just an ill sun bear, the Dodo noted.


Strange creature captured at last

by Conny Banji, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on April 3, 2015, Friday


BINTANGOR: The strange creature or the sick sun bear sighted in an oil palm plantation here about two months ago was finally found yesterday.

According to the plantation manager who requested anonymity, the animal was found by plantation workers about 7am within the same area where it was spotted on Jan 30 this year.

“The workers were on their way to work when they saw the animal.

“They caught and brought it to the plantation office. We’ve informed the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC),” he said when met yesterday.


Environmental group Naturetalksback says it  is a sun bear suffering from a skin disease and malnourishment.

Video:Strange creature freak out plantation workers in Sarawak


Sunday February 1, 2015 MYT 9:30:56 PM

Something ‘very wrong’ with Sun Bear in viral video, say conservationists

A screengrab of the Sun Bear that appeared in the viral video.

A screengrab of the Sun Bear that appeared in the viral video.

PETALING JAYA: A Sun Bear, which some have described as an “alien-like creature” in a viral video is very likely suffering from some kind of ailment, say conversationists.

A screengrab of the Sun Bear that appeared in the viral video.

A screengrab of the Sun Bear that appeared in the viral video.

PETALING JAYA: A Sun Bear, which some have described as an “alien-like creature” in a viral video is very likely suffering from some kind of ailment, say conversationists.

A video of the bear, which has been circulating on social media and messaging apps, depict a hairless creature in an oil palm plantation struggling to get away from the people filming the video.

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre chief executive officer and founder Wong Siew Te said that something was very wrong with the bear.

However, he added they could merely speculate what the animal was suffering from until it was captured for thorough examination and testing.

“The bear may have been poisoned by pesticides or herbicides, he said, explaining that it could have ingested the poison in a myriad of ways.

“They can also wind up sick due to a slow accumulation of toxic chemicals in their bodies. This is a chronic problem,” said Wong.

“The other possibility is disease, where mite-like parasites could cause an animal to lose their hair. Alternatively, the third possibility is a yet-to-be-discovered disease,” said Wong.

Malaysian Nature Society Kuching chairman Anthony Sebastian also called on the authorities to find and examine the bear to see what exactly was causing its illness.

Sebastian dispelled comments that the bear was an abnormal animal or an alien as had been speculated online.

“It is clearly a Sun Bear. What confuses people is the lack of fur. It is not some strange alien that has fallen from the sky,” said Sebastian.


The Rakyat Post

PUBLISHED: Jan 31, 2015 10:30pm

Not a freak of nature, but a sun bear


The strange creature reported in an article earlier has turned out to be the Malayan sun bear, a species that relies on tropical forest habitats, with deforestation proving to be its worst enemy. — Pic credit sunbears.wildlifedirect.org

This sun bear, believed to be suffering from a skin disease and malnourishment, was beaten unconscious by plantation workers before they let it go in Sarawak. Now there is fear that it will spread its sickness to other animals.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31, 2015:

Environmental group Naturetalksback has condemned the group of plantation workers in Sarawak for mistreating the Malaysian sun bear that wandered into the plantation.

Commenting on a news report by Sarawak’s The Borneo Post, which was then shared by The Rakyat Post, the group’s Facebook page administrator Cyren Wong said the recording of the incident and the act of the plantation workers to hit the animal was in poor taste.

“The workers should know better than to hit the poor animal which is our very own Malaysian sun bear that had lost its fur, either from disease or because it had been abused.

“How is it that they can hit the poor animal which they deemed threatening until it passes out before chasing it away?” he asked.


Borneo Post Online

‘Strange creature’ turns out to be sun bear

Posted on January 31, 2015, Saturday

KUCHING: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) confirmed via sms that the strange creature in the pictures and the video that have gone viral today was a sun bear with skin disease, explaining that its presence at the plantation could be due to its habitat nearby being flooded.


Borneo Post Online

Plantation workers freaked out by sight of strange creature

Posted on January 31, 2015, Saturday


SIBU: An early morning that was supposed to be a routine start for a team of Indonesian workers turned into a rather shocking one when they encountered a strange-looking animal at an oil palm plantation along the Bintangor-Sibu Road near here yesterday.

According to one of them, the creature charged at them at one point.

“We were shocked. None of us has ever seen such thing. One of us then hit the animal until it appeared to have passed out,” a worker said, adding that the animal had sharp claws.

“It could be a rare species of bear. When it regained consciousness, we forced it to go back into the jungle,” he said.



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