Bear electrocuted for biting off toddler's hand

2015-01-13 11:45

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Hanoi - A captive Asiatic black bear in Vietnam was electrocuted to death to force it to release the arm of a three-year-old boy, news reports said on Tuesday.

The boy's grandmother said he was playing near the bear's cage with her at their home in Hoc Mon District of Ho Chi Minh City Sunday, when the animal bit his arm and tried to pull him into the cage, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

A neighbour heard the grandmother screaming and tried to pull the boy free, but one of his arms was in the animal's mouth and still connected by a piece of skin only, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

The 100kg bear had been kept in captivity for more than three years, Thanh Nien newspaper reported. Doctors failed to reattach the arm as it was too badly damaged.

The bear was found to have been held illegally, said Dao Van Dang, deputy head of Ho Chi Minh's forestry department.

Similar attacks on children have been reported in Vietnam in recent years, highlighting the dangers of keeping bears in cages as pets.

Last April a two-year-old boy lost his forearm when he was assaulted by a bear kept at his home in the northern resort town of Ha Long, Tuoi Tre said.

A five-year-old boy lost both his arms in another attack in the northern province of Phu Tho in September 2013.

It is legal to keep bears as pets in Vietnam, but only if they are micro-chipped and declared to authorities.

Bears are sometimes kept for bile extraction, despite the practice being illegal since 1992.

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