Taiwanese firm returns pet bears to Vietnam nature

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A Taiwanese business has returned seven Tibetan bears to the Cat Tien National Park in southern Vietnam after buying them seven years ago to use as pets.

Tran Van Thanh, director of the park, said the bears are around ten years old and weigh around 200 kilograms each.

"All of them are in good shape. One has some scratches but it's not a big deal," Thanh was quoted as saying by the VnExpress news website in a Monday report.

The wildlife rescue center at the park will take care of the bears for a while and put them in semi-wild environments before they are returned to the natural section at the park.

The Tibetan bear, known scientifically as Ursus Thibetanus, is listed in Vietnam Red Book as an endangered species. Hunting them or keeping them in captivity for commercial purposes are strictly banned.

Great Veca, a Taiwanese wood furniture producer in Dong Nai, bought the bears from the province's Forest Management Department seven years ago to use as "decorations" at the their company.

It gave the bears away to the park as the animals have grown big and the condition at the company became "unsuitable", the report said.

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