Precious bear found in central Vietnam home

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A endangered Tibetan bear that lost its leg has been found in central Vietnam.

The bear, a female weighing around 65 kilograms, was found at a house in Quang Ngai Province, news website VnExpress reported Tuesday.

Nguyen Van Thanh, the man who had been keeping the bear, said he bought it two years ago from a hunter and it already lost its leg.

"The bear was beautiful and injured, so I intended to buy it to raise it, not knowing that it is a precious species," Thanh said.

Forest rangers in the province are contacting wildlife rescue centers nationwide to transfer the bear. They hope the bear can help to reproduce the rare species.

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The Tibetan bear (Ursus arctos pruinosus) is one of the rarest subspecies of bears in the world, and it is listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species as a protected species.

Yet the species is threatened by the use of bear bile in traditional Chinese medicine and habitat encroachment.

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