Bear cub rescued on roadside in Latvia

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On Wednesday, April 5, the Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) captured a bear cub who had wandered along the Limbaži-Aloja road for several days. The bear has been delivered to the Rīga Zoo and placed in quarantine, DAP said.

Initially, there was hope that the mother was nearby, so the animal was not disturbed, however, in order to prevent it from colliding with cars or nearby dogs, it was captured.

Initial observations show that the behavior of the bear is natural and the reaction is aggressive when people approach. It is more likely to have been born in a natural environment than with humans, and has already acquired the first skills to defend itself, DAP said.

The bear is very young, born this winter. 

There is a wound on the bear's forehead, suggesting that there might have been an accident injuring or killing the mother.

The future fate of the bear will be decided by specialists based on the observations made in the quarantine and the determination of the state of health. It is planned to take samples of DNA that will be transferred to scientists for inclusion in the database of bear DNA samples created by the Latvian State Forestry Science Institute Silava.

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