Rescued bear cub | REUTERS
An orphaned spectacled bear was rescued in Peru, after locals reportedly killed his mother and left the 8-month old cub tied to a tree, officials reported.
According to Peru’s environment body SERFOR, the cub was rescued in the rural area of Huancayo. It is believed that his mother was killed after posing a threat to nearby cattle farms. The cub was spared but left tied to a tree and abandoned.
The cub is now receiving round-the clock care. Weighing only six kilos (13 pounds), it was found with signs of anemia, suffering from dehydration and with injuries to its paws.
The spectacled bear is the only bear native to South America.
The World Wildlife Fund says as few as 6,000 spectacled bears may live in the Northern Andes, and that hundreds are hunted down each year in the region. — Reuters