Monday, 18 January 2016

Highly endangered Marsican brown bear released into the wild

Highly endangered brown bear released into the wild


Last month Morena, a highly endangered Marsican brown bear was released into the wild after months of rehabilitation. Found as an orphan cub in May 2015, Morena required treatment for infected wounds, dental fistulas and eye infections, and behavioural rehabilitation to ensure that she could cope with a return to the wild. There are estimated to be only 50 Marsican brown bears left in the world, and this subspecies is only found in Central Southern Italy.

Heather Bacon of the JMICAWE who advised on veterinary treatment of the cub said “We are delighted with the progress that Morena made – her rehabilitation is an excellent example of cooperation between individuals around the world. Marsiscan brown bears are a highly endangered subspecies and so it was essential that Morena was physically and behaviourally able to cope with the stress of reintroduction, and contribute to the breeding success of this population.”

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