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Where to Find the World's Smallest (and Therefore Cutest) Bear

Where: Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
July 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Time to add another novelty to the list of cool things you can see in the jungles of Borneo: The world's smallest bear, the Sun Bear, is now on display at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Opened to the public this year, the Conservation Centre attempts to rehabilitate sun bears that have been the victims of deforestation and, believe it or not, those that have been mistreated as pets. Apparently, people have made a habit of poaching them as cubs, keeping them in cages and raising them like a dog while they're little. But ultimately, things go wrong as they grow and suffer from a life of captivity.

Thirty three sun bears currently call the Centre home. Some are in good health and on the right path, but others have already been damaged to the point that they may never return to the wild. The Centre hopes that its efforts will spark interest from the general population in sun bears, which in turn will prevent future poaching and funnel investments into their well-being.

The BBC recently put together a nice video that showcases the bears and the Centre's efforts. The little buggers sure are cute, and it's not hard to see why people would be tempted to try to domesticate them. Whether you're generally interested in the cause or simply need a short cute animal overload, take a few minutes and watch the video below:

[Screengrab: Jaunted; Video: BBC]

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