Family’s ‘pet dog’ exposed as endangered beast as it started walking on two legs
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A family raised a Tibetan mastiff dog for two years before realising it was in fact an endangered Asiatic black bear.
A woman named Su Yun, from a village in Yunnan province, China, said the animal ate a "box of fruits and two buckets of noodles" every day, and she only realised something was untoward when it eventually reached over 250 pounds, almost 18 stone.
And when the beast began walking on its hind legs, Su Yun, who is afraid of bears, knew something needed done.
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"The more he grew, the more like a bear he looked," Yun told Chinese Media. "I am a little scared of bears."
The woman then voluntarily handed the bear in to the Forest Public Security Bureau of Yiliang County, Kunming City, according to Chinese media.
She had officials call out to her house to check her pet. It was tranquillized and then transported to a safe space.
The 'dog' had allegedly been bought by the roadside in 2016 when Su Yun was travelling.
And despite admitting being scared of the animals, she said: "After raising them for two years, I have feelings."
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Reports in China stated the bear is nearly one metre tall and weighs about 200 kilograms, almost 31.5 stone.
Pictures show officials, looking almost amused, transporting the bear from the woman's house in 2018.
Weirdly, this is not the first time this has happened in Yunnan province after a man found a bear wandering in the forest and – believing it to be a dog – raised it.
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