By Luke Kenton
This sloth bear cub was ‘rescued from the jaws of death’ by a group of Indian animal rescuers, after finding itself constricted at the waist in a sharp barbed wired fence.
In Tukmur, India, the Wildlife SOS rescue team were alerted to a disturbing scene, as farmers in the local area heard a sloth bear club crying out in pain for several hours after getting itself tangled in the razor wire.
As the nine-month-old cub continued to struggle, the barbed wire became increasingly intertwined around the bear’s stomach, limiting her breathing capabilities with only ‘hours left to live’.
Thankfully, Dr. Arun A. Sha and his team arrived just in time to provide the sloth bear with a lifeline, and after successfully tranquilizing the cub, the doctors got to work nursing the bear’s wounds.
Transported back to a nearby transit facility, where the bear was assessed for permanent injury, the cub escaped virtually unscathed and was released back into the wild just a few hours later.
Arinita Sandilya, a spokesperson for Wildlife SOS, said: “After struggling for so long, the bear had actually heightened the situation, meaning it likely would’ve soon died had we not reached her in time.
“The wire was tied incredibly tightly around the bear’s waist and had also become entangled in the fur of the cub.
“She actually broke a tooth trying to gnaw at the wire, but thankfully otherwise only suffered minor scratches and bruises. In just a few more hours, the situation could’ve been so much worse.
“Animals such as wild boars, blue bulls and sloth bears often venture out to the remote villages bordering forests, so farmers often lay barbed wire fences to protect their crops.
“The rescue took nearly two hours and was incredibly harrowing.
“Barbed wire fences and snares are some of the cruelest human-created threats to wildlife, and it’s distressing to thing of the millions of animals that fall victim to these barbaric devices every year.
“Only a small percentage of these animals survive the horrors of these deadly traps, we were just fortunate that this bear didn’t become just another statistic.”
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