ANN/THE STAR – An elderly man was injured after an attack by his relative’s pet bear in Telupid, Sabah after which the animal was killed.
The bear had apparently escaped from its cage before running wild in Kampung Taviu Telupid yesterday morning.
Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said the village chief in the area later shot the animal dead as he was afraid more people would get hurt.
He said rangers were unable to get to the scene just yet as they were handling other cases, but would head there as soon as possible.
The victim has been sent to the Telupid clinic for treatment, and is reported to be in stable condition.
Tuuga said the rangers will haul in the person who kept the bear illegally to facilitate their investigation.