bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Bear-baiting with honey

How do you catch a bear cub on the loose? Put out bait of honey, coconut oil and fruit.

A one-month-old Malayan Sun Bear was caught yesterday after it strayed into a Malaysian housing estate. Its mother had been shot by a hunting party four days earlier after residents reported that a family of bears had been roaming around their houses. This time, residents did not want to harm the cub and formed a round-up party.

The enticing mixture took just ten minutes to attract the hungry, young bear. Bees (and termites) form a large part of the bear's usual diet.


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