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    Man raises Asian black bear as family dog
    Man raises Asian black bear as family dog
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    Man raises Asian black bear as family dog

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    Yujing Liu
    Yujing Liu
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    They say that love is blind.

    But at some point, you have to admit that you’ve accidentally spent the last four years raising a bear.

    A Chinese man handed his pet dog over to a local animal welfare center last week… after it emerged that he had been taking care of an Asian black bear all long. 

    A social media post brought his mistake to the attention of the authorities.

    Police found the 176-pound bear in a cage at the man’s home in a rural corner of southwestern China’s Yunnan province, at the end of last month, China News Service reported on Monday.

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    The bear was caged, but authorities said it was not harmed.
    The bear was caged, but authorities said it was not harmed. Photo: Weibo

    The owner was quoted as saying he found a “doglike animal” in April 2015 while he was foraging for mushrooms in the mountains near his home.

    He took the cub home and “raised it lovingly” as if it were a dog, and realized his mistake only when it grew to a huge size, the report said.

    The bear as a cub, playing with an actual dog.
    The bear as a cub, playing with an actual dog. Photo: Weibo

    Asian black bears are a second-level protected species in China, and only people with approval from the forest authority are allowed to keep them.

    Anyone without the correct paperwork can be fined up to $475.

    The man did not have official permission to keep the bear but, because he had not hurt the animal and cooperated with the police, he was not fined.

    The bear weighed 176lb.
    The bear weighed 176lb. Photo: Weibo

    Police officers removed the bear and handed it over to the local wild animal protection department last week. It was later moved to an animal welfare center.

    Asian black bears are prized in Chinese medicine for their bile, which is extracted from the bear’s gallbladder.

    As a result, bears across Asia are kept in extremely poor conditions and farmed – often illegally – for the substance.

    YUJING LIU
    YUJING LIU
    Yujing is a contributor to Inkstone. She is also a reporter at the South China Morning Post.

    YUJING LIU
    YUJING LIU
    Yujing is a contributor to Inkstone. She is also a reporter at the South China Morning Post.

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