Forest rangers in the central province of Quang Ngai on Monday rescued a rare Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus) illegally kept by a local, Vietnamnet reported.
The newswire quoted Nguyen Van Han, chief of Quang Ngai Forest Ranger Agency, as saying that the 65-kilogram bear lost its leg when it was trapped by poachers before being sold to Pham Xuan Thanh in Son Tay District.
Thanh told forest rangers that he bought the animal many days ago, according to Vietnamnet.
Han said his agency has contacted the Cuc Phuong National Park in the central province of Ninh Binh and the National Wildlife Rescue Center to transfer it to them.
The bear is categorized as "vulnerable" in the International Union for Conservation of Nature, mainly because of deforestation and poaching for its body parts. Its bile is sold as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.