Oh, the things we do for love. Or in Su Yun’s case, the things we do for a cute, furry pet. Who doesn’t love the idea of adopting an adorable little ball of fluff to cuddle with and call their own? But what happens when that cute little pet turns out to be a 115-kilogram black bear?
That’s right, you heard it correctly. Su Yun, from China’s Yunnan province, thought she had adopted a Tibetan Mastiff puppy while on vacation in 2016. But as time went on, her pet’s insatiable appetite and extraordinary ability to walk on two legs started to raise some suspicions.
“The bigger he gets, the more he looks like a bear,” Su told Chinese media. Um, yeah… Turns out, Su’s “puppy” was actually an Asian black bear, a vulnerable species in terms of extinction.
Now, let’s take a moment to imagine Su’s reaction when she found out she had been living with a bear for two years. Did she scream? Did she cry? We may never know, but we can certainly relate to the shock and horror of the situation.
But Su is not alone in her misadventures. As it turns out, there have been other cases of people mistaking wild animals for domestic pets. One can only imagine the conversation between these pet owners and their local authorities.
“Excuse me, officer, I think my cat might be a tiger.”
“Ma’am, that’s not a cat, that’s a freaking jaguar.”
As funny as it may sound, it’s important to remember that these are wild animals we’re talking about. They may be cute and cuddly when they’re young, but they can quickly become dangerous as they grow older and stronger. It’s crucial that we respect their habitats and leave them be in the wild where they belong.
Thankfully, Su’s bear was transferred to the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Headquarters, where it can live a healthy and happy life in its new home. And Su, well, let’s just say she’ll be a bit more careful when it comes to choosing her next pet. Maybe stick to goldfish this time, Su.