PETALING JAYA: The residents of Sentrio Suites Condominium in Kuala Lumpur were shocked when they found a baby sun bear living amidst them in one of the units there.
In a video, which had gone viral on social media, it featured the cub sticking its head out of an apartment window and roaring.
A resident, identified only as Jay, said the roaring shocked them as he and other residents gathered at the unit to investigate the “scream”.
“One of my neighbours called the authorities. They thought it was a prank but they arrived quickly,” he said.
Jay said according to the owner of the unit, the cub was injured when she took it home.
How the cub was smuggled into the apartment remains unclear.
Sun bear is a protected species under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997.
Sun bear conservationist Dr Wong Siew Te said poachers would have killed the mother bear and sold the cub to a middleman.
“This incident shows how bad the exotic pet keeping trade is in the country, especially in Peninsular Malaysia.”
He said many exotic animals like slow loris, gibbons and sun bears continued to be sold illegally online, and this incident highlights the seriousness of the exotic pet trade.
Perhilitan director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim they had taken custody of the cub.
“The department’s veterinarians are examining the cub for injuries or sickness,” he said, adding that the bear is about six months old.
The department is investigating the case.
Abdul Kadir said the unit owner did not produce any legal documents to keep the cub when the authorities took the animal from her unit on Thursday night.