Owning a pet can be one of the most rewarding pastimes of all time. For many, watching one’s darling critter grow from an egg or a baby to an adult will mark a rollercoaster of emotions. A Chinese woman by the surname of Su understands that better than anyone else.
Whilst vacationing in the countryside, Su stumbled upon a cute stray puppy near a road. With its bushy dark hair and eyes, she quickly identified it as a Tibetan Mastiff, and assumed it had gone missing from its owner or mother. Su decided to adopt the dog and named it “Little Black.”
Little Black came with an enormous appetite, devouring noodles and fruits en masse. In Su’s words: “It can eat a full box of fruits and two buckets of noodles a day.”
At that point, Su still did not seem to grasp that she had a growing omnivore on her hands with most dogs eating primarily carnivorous diets. It turns out that she was completely wrong. Little Black was no dog at all. In fact, the creature Su had taken in was actually an endangered Asiatic Black Bear. Two years later, when he was well over a couple hundred pounds and standing on his hind legs, Su finally realized her mistake.
Unfortunately, with no official birth certificate, the nearby Kunming Zoo refused to take Little Black in. Su eventually had him brought under the protection of the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Centre. Little Black was apparently in very good health.
The Asiatic Black Bear has fallen victim to many poachers as well as deforestation in recent years. The animal’s paws, gall bladders, and cubs all sell highly on the black market.
Apparently, the mistake is more common than one would think with another man and his family mistakenly taking home what they thought was a dark puppy last year, but ending up with a bear.
You should rarely take home an unknown creature. Like a Pokemon, sometimes the younger version is much cuter and easier to handle.