Man Discovers His Two Adopted Dogs Are Actually Bears
By angelamontana

Posted: July 7, 2015

Pic shows: A bear with an animal rescue centre staff member. A man has made headlines this week after a pair of 'puppies' he bought and raised for two years turned out to be black bears. Wang Kaiyu, the unwitting resident of Maguan County in south-west China’s Yunnan Province discovered recently that instead of dogs, he had been raising two Asian black bears (Ursus thibetanus) which are classed as a protected species in China and require a permit to breed. Kaiyu said he was offered the two bears as puppies by a tradesman while travelling on China’s southern border with Vietnam when he bought the two black and furry animals home in their cages. He realised over the years that while the animals grew larger and larger, so too did their appetites, even occasionally preying on the domestic fowl on his farmland. Kaiyu said he only realised however that his dogs were bears when he was sent a promotional notice sent out by the local wildlife and forestry authorities informing citizens about the different endangered animals that locals may or may not come across, and the laws governing their protection. It was then that Kaiyu realised that not only was he raising two Asian black bears, but also that the animals were also second class protected species. After much deliberation with his family, Kaiyu decided to telephone authorities and hand over the two bears, lest his good intentions for keeping the animals be misinterpreted as smuggling. Officials from the local Yunnan wild animal rescue centre immediately inspected the bears and found them to be a healthy female and a healthy male. The animals were brought back to the rescue centre for observation and breeding, with Kaiyu receiving plaudits for his honesty honesty. He was quoted afterwards saying: "I am pleased, I thought I might end up in jail and was really worried after I called them." (ends)According to a recent article on Yahoo News, a Chinese man contacted authorities after realizing the two “dogs” he adopted were, in fact, not dogs and were actually black bears that he had raised for two years.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Wang Kaiyu brought the animals back to his Maguan County, Yunnan Province, banana farm after being offered them by a tradesman on the Vietnamese border

There is speculation that Kaiyu was well aware the animals were bears, but he contacted the authorities claiming he thought they were dogs for two years because he was afraid he would get in trouble as they grew “abnormally large and feasted on his farmland’s domestic fowl”.  Others can relate to Kaiyu’s story and claim they have adopted an animal after being told it was a different type of animal, with an example being a rabbit.  A woman said she adopted a rabbit that turned out to be some sort of kangaroo.

What do you think of Kaiyu’s story?

Pic shows: The beers in the rescue centre. A man has made headlines this week after a pair of 'puppies' he bought and raised for two years turned out to be black bears. Wang Kaiyu, the unwitting resident of Maguan County in south-west China’s Yunnan Province discovered recently that instead of dogs, he had been raising two Asian black bears (Ursus thibetanus) which are classed as a protected species in China and require a permit to breed. Kaiyu said he was offered the two bears as puppies by a tradesman while travelling on China’s southern border with Vietnam when he bought the two black and furry animals home in their cages. He realised over the years that while the animals grew larger and larger, so too did their appetites, even occasionally preying on the domestic fowl on his farmland. Kaiyu said he only realised however that his dogs were bears when he was sent a promotional notice sent out by the local wildlife and forestry authorities informing citizens about the different endangered animals that locals may or may not come across, and the laws governing their protection. It was then that Kaiyu realised that not only was he raising two Asian black bears, but also that the animals were also second class protected species. After much deliberation with his family, Kaiyu decided to telephone authorities and hand over the two bears, lest his good intentions for keeping the animals be misinterpreted as smuggling. Officials from the local Yunnan wild animal rescue centre immediately inspected the bears and found them to be a healthy female and a healthy male. The animals were brought back to the rescue centre for observation and breeding, with Kaiyu receiving plaudits for his honesty honesty. He was quoted afterwards saying: "I am pleased, I thought I might end up in jail and was really worried after I called them." (ends)