They thought it was a cute black pup but when it started eating a suspiciously large amount of food and wouldn't stop growing, they knew something was off.
When a rescue team took away the pet that a Chinese family had been bringing up for two years, they were scared of the animal. "Scared of their own pet" might sound odd but the event was even more unusual. Yu Sun adopted a black "puppy" two years ago but was always concerned about how much he ate. “A box of fruits and two buckets of noodles every day,” she told China News.
They eventually found out that their pet is not a puppy but an Asiatic black bear! They understood that something isn't right when it did not stop growing and started attempting to walk on two legs, reports the Independent. "The more he developed, the more similar to a bear he looked," Yu Sun said. Bears, unlike dogs, have an ever-increasing appetite and a robust physique that caught the owners' eyes. She said that they were petrified by the overgrown animal and were also concerned about how it will be perceived if people noticed it at their home.
Video: Chinese man took in a stray "puppy", but it turns out to be a bear pic.twitter.com/CHBhEJZnJt— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) May 21, 2016
Ms. Yu Sun, a villager living near the city of Kunming in Yunnan province said, “The more he grew, the more like a bear he looked. I am a little scared of bears.” As soon as the family realized the error they got in touch with a rescue team because sheltering an animal like this in one's property is illegal. The bear has now been taken into care by the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Centre.
🐻 This is wild. First a puppy turns out to be a fox, now a dog is a bear! https://t.co/nrgB2UsM3k— 🌷🌟 IsntDaveOne 🌟🌷 (@IsntDaveOne) May 15, 2018
When the team reached the venue they saw that the bear was standing about a meter tall. The staff were so intimidated that they had to sedate it before transportation.
The family thought they had adopted a Tibetan mastiff but it has been identified as an endangered Asiatic Black Bear, which would fetch thousands of pounds if sold on the black market, as per Independent.
This is, reportedly, not the first time that an incident like this has occurred. In 2015, a farmer from Yunnan mistook a black bear for a stray dog and brought it home. After realizing his mistake, he caged the bear in his property and informed environmentalists to rescue the animal.