Andean Bear Cub Enjoys Hammock Playtime in Bolivian Refuge

A 3-month-old Andean bear cub named Chojnita enjoyed playtime at a wildlife refuge in Yolosa, Bolivia, romping around on a hammock and attacking branches.

Gosia Zdziechowska, who said she filmed the video on December 1 at La Senda Verde animal refuge, said the bear cub was rescued after her mother was killed during illegal trafficking activities. Zdziechowska told Storyful that Chojnita had been found weak, malnourished, and infested with jigger fleas, a parasitic insect found in most tropical climates.

“Now, thanks to [La Senda Verde’s] dedication, effort, love, and attention, she is properly recovering but still requires constant care and surveillance,” said Zdziechowska.

According to Wildlife Conservation Society Peru, Andean bears are the only bear species in South America, and have been “constantly threatened” due to changes in territory use and hunting by humans. Credit: Polish Dr Dolittle via Storyful

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