Two endangered Himalayan Black Bears (also known as Asian Black Bears), were released into the Nam Izuu area in the Htamantee Wildlife Reserve in Sagaing District yesterday.
The two bears were found near the India-Myanmar border and sent to the Forestry Department in Kani District on 10 August. From there, they were sent to Htamantee Wildlife Reserve by boat on 15 August and released on 19 August in an expedition led by forest ranger U Myo Khaing.
The two bears are both thought to be around a year old. They are both female with a height (on all fours) of 1 feet 4 inches, a length of 2 feet, 8 inches and a girth of 1 feet, 8 inches each.
There are two types of bears in the Htamantee Wildlife Reserve; the Malayan Sun Bear and the Asian Black Bear. The Sun Bear has short, sleek, black fur and a U-shaped patch of light fur on its chest, whereas the Asian Black Bear has thicker black fur and a V-shaped patch of fur on its