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What big paws you have!
11th September 2018

By Lloyd Lugsden

A man who adopted a ‘puppy’ he found in a forest took on more than he bargained for.

Yang found the creature while picking mushrooms near his home in Yongsheng, China. Thinking he had stumbled across a lonely dog, he took it home and adopted it as his pet. But since 2015, the animal has grown into an 80kg bear. When Yang realised his mistake, he bought a cage to keep it in.

The animal is an Asian black bear and a protected species in China, says the Mirror. Owning a black bear without a permit can earn a fine of up to 3,000 RMB (£340) but Yang's fine was waived as he cooperated with police. The bear is now in an animal sanctuary.