The cage where a boy had his arm clawed by a captive bear when attempting to stroke its fur in the southern province of Dong Nai on March 7
A caged bear clawed the arm of a 14-year-old student who tried to pet the animal at a wildlife rescue center in the southern province of Dong Nai, Dan Tri reported Friday.
Ta Duy Anh, a student from the American International School in Ho Chi Minh, was on a school trip visiting the center at the Cat Tien National Park when the accident happened on Thursday, the online newspaper said.
Anh had been separated from his group and approached the cage where a 300-kilogram bear was being kept, according to the article.
His right upper arm was attacked immediately after he put it into the cage, the paper reported.
Anh's teachers and employees from the center then rushed him to a local hospital, where his condition was stabilized, Nguyen Xuan Chinh, director of the park's Center for Eco-tourism and Environmental Education, said in an interview with Dan Tri.
The accident was "unexpected" and the first ever to occur at Cat Tien, Chinh said.
All the wildlife cages have signboards warning visitors to keep a distance of 1.5-2 meters, he added.
The Cat Tien wildlife rescue center is now home to four sun bears (Ursus malayyanus), 15 Asian black bears (Ursus thibetanus), eight yellow-cheeked gibbons (Hylobates gabriellae), and two white-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys), according to the park's website.
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