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Bear Has Brief Reunion With Human Family


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- 3373 days ago - timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Enforcing animal protection laws can sometimes be a beastly affair. This became apparent on Friday when a sloth bear was reunited with her human family, only to be tearfully separated soon.



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Cristina S (338)
Friday June 27, 2008, 5:34 pm
Please, don´t forget to sign the petition to help this kind man. Thanks!


MERCY PETITION FOR MUNDA - OIPA INDIA

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/mercy-petition-for-munda---oipa-india
 

Steve D (551)
Friday June 27, 2008, 5:35 pm
TRAUMATISE THE BEAR MORE,HOW INHUMAN OF YOU,YOU CAN SEE THIS BEAR IS DISTRAUGHT AND MISSING ITS FAMILY AND YET YOU CONTINUE TO DENY IT HAPPINESS,IF THE GOVERNMENT LOOKED AFTER THE WILDLIFE LIKE THEY SHOULD THEN PEOPLE WOULDNT HAVE TO HELP INJURED AND OR ABANDONED ANIMALS,THIS PERSON SHOULD BE HELPED AND ADMIRED FOR WHAT HE HAS ACHIEVED WITH THIS ANIMAL,STOP DESTROYING A FAMILY.
 

Deidre Williams (1)
Friday June 27, 2008, 6:33 pm
Why do this to an animal! What kind of inhumane fool could think of such a stupid thing, as this! Oh, that's right, animals don't have feelings, do they? Grrr!!
 

stephanie v (85)
Friday June 27, 2008, 6:59 pm
This story is so sad...I hope and pray for a happy ending.
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Friday June 27, 2008, 8:05 pm
It is done...The poor bear is missing her family....

Biggoirllyhugs
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 27, 2008, 11:30 pm
Ramsingh Munda and his daughter Gulki were reunited with their pet sloth bear Rani after a gap of ten days at the Nandankanan zoo on Friday. But the joyous reunion was short-lived as the duo, after spending nearly 30 minutes with Rani in the zoo enclosure, had to bid her goodbye with tears welling up in their eyes.

The bear too, followed Munda, but her passage to freedom was blocked by zoo officials, who had no option but to follow the rules. Rani groaned, but it fell on deaf ears.

After emerging out of Rani’s enclosure, Munda volunteered to serve in the zoo so that he would look after Rani and other animals. But he was curtly told that the law does not permit it. SN Mahapatra, deputy director of Nandankanan Zoo said, “We have legal restrictions to provide a job to Ramsingh in the zoo. We cannot employ him as of now. The higher authorities can decide on that”.

An emotional Munda after meeting Rani said, “It was like meeting my own daughter. I was very sad to see Rani caged. She was very happy with me. I observed that she was not even taking proper food”.

Jeevan Das, secretary of the Orissa chapter of the People for Animals who facilitated the meeting between Munda and Rani said, “Munda should be employed in the zoo. All the cases filed against him should be withdrawn. I thank the HT for highlighting the issue”.

On June 17, Munda was arrested by officials of the forest department for keeping a bear at home in violation of the wildlife laws. Though the bear escaped when Munda was nabbed, it was subsequently captured and brought to Nanankanan zoo. Munda got bail and was released from jail on June 23.

Munda is a resident of Rutisila village under Ghatagaon block of Keonjhar district, nearly 150-km away from the state capital.

The 18-month-old sloth bear was an integral part of Munda’s family.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 27, 2008, 11:32 pm
KIND ATTENTION :- ZOO DIRECTOR
Sir,
Kindly refer to our talks today on mobile about adoption of the Rani bear along with the appointment of Ram Singh as caretaker to Rani bear in your Zoo premises. As per your directions, I have visited zoo website to adopt the Rani bear -http://www.nandankanan.org/adopt-an-animal.asp, but this is not yet for adoption. International Organization for Animal Protection - www.oipa.org is an Italy based NGO since 1981 & duly affiliated with the UN, DPI - undersigned is the representative in India.
OIPA INDIA proposed to adopt the Rani bear with the condition that Ram Singh Munda will be the best caretaker to this animal & we are ready to bear the pay of Munda as per Collector's rates, so that Zoo need not worry about his pay as I know this is not possible for you.
Early disposal of this proposal shall be appreciated.
Regards,
Naresh Kadyan,
Rep. of OIPA in INDIA.
 

Jillyanne Michelle Cape (718)
Saturday June 28, 2008, 12:03 am
Bless you Naresh! Please keep us updated on this story and the outcome of your proposal. I have signed petition and commented where I could on this case as it is very dear to my heart. In constant prayer for this family. I cry every time I read anything about them. It is too cruel.
 

ROBIN M (312)
Saturday June 28, 2008, 12:51 am
THE BEAR JUST WANTS ITS FAMILY BACK AND THE FAMILY WANTS ITS BEAR BACK SO MANY TIMES THERE IS INHUMANITY BETWEEN THE TWO BUT ONLY LOVE LIVES HERE
 

Khadi Federation (4)
Saturday June 28, 2008, 8:33 am
Animal rights activists support jailed widower deprived of daughter, 6, for raising orphaned cub
Jun 25, 2008 04:30 AM

NEW DELHI–It was supposed to be a heartwarming tale of a man who brought an orphaned bear cub home from the forests of India to console his 6-year-old daughter, who had just lost her mother.

But when wildlife officials saw the story on TV, it turned to tragedy.

Ram Singh Munda was jailed for violating wildlife laws, daughter Dulki was sent to a state-run boarding school and the bear was brought to a zoo where it refuses to eat.

Now, animal rights activists are trying to win the 35-year-old labourer's freedom and reunite him with his daughter and the bear.

Munda, a member of an indigenous tribe that lives in the forests of eastern India, said he found the sloth bear cub last year while gathering firewood near his village.

The bear – which he named Rani, or Queen – became a cherished companion for the family, which was still struggling to absorb the death of Munda's wife last year.

Television footage was taken of the bear frolicking with Dulki and climbing up on of Munda's bicycle.

Wildlife officials saw the story and arrested Munda last week for breaking the county's wildlife act, which prohibits keeping wild animals. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. A local official said Dulki would stay in boarding school until her father is released.

"They have sent me to jail. How will my daughter survive?" Munda asked as he was taken into custody.

Ajit Kumar Patnaik, director of Nandan Kanan Zoo, where the bear was taken, defended the decision.

"Munda was arrested according to the provision of the law meant for protection of wildlife," he said, adding that sloth bears, native to India's lowland forests, are a protected species.

Animal rights activists also condemn taking animals out of the forest, but they say the government is being too harsh on Mandu.

"He never tortured the animal. Neither was he using the bear for any commercial purposes. Therefore, we feel he should not have been arrested," said Jiban Ballav Das, of People for Animals in India's Orissa state.

Activists warned that Rani, being held in an isolated cage and refusing food, could die if the sudden separation from its adopted human family is not managed properly.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 29, 2008, 8:07 am
On Sun, 8/6/08, jiban das wrote:

From: jiban das
Subject: Illegal possession of bear
To: gandhim@nic.in
Date: Sunday, 8 June, 2008, 3:24 PM

Dear Madam

One person is in illegal possession of 18 months female bear. In this regard I have brought the notice of Chief Wildlife Warden. He also instructed to the concern wildlife division. But till now the bear has not been rescued. I had visited that place and giving report to media.(copy attached).



Recently one Ziraffe died while transporting from Alipur Zoo to Nandankanan zoo due to the negligence of people engaged for transporting along with vets and other staffs form Nandankanan Zoo. Again day before yesterday one rescued leopard cub died in Nandankan Zoo due to the negligence of Vets. I had visited when the leopard cub rescued.All these high lighted in the media.



Jiban
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 29, 2008, 8:10 am


PRESS RELEASE

Dated 8.6.2008.

A female sloth bear named Rani about 18 months old has been kept by Ramesh Munda at Judabeda Sahi of village Rutisila under Ghatagoan block in Keonjhar district. In this regard we have written to Chief Wild Warden of Orissa two weeks back to rescue the bear who has communicated to Keonjhar Wildlife division. But till now no steps has been taken to rescue the bear and rehabilitate it as per Wildlife Protection Act 1972. When I contact ACF Keonjhar, he told that they have visited that place but the person who has in possession of bear been absconded which is totally false. When I visited I found that person and he told the wildlife people came and saw the bear and returned. When it is illegal to possess a sloth bear which is a schedule-I animal as per wildlife protection Act 1972 how the concerned wildlife division remain silent. So it is clear that they are encouraging to violate the Wildlife Protection Act. For this type of attitude people of that area also involved in trading of wildlife from a local source. Another person of that area is in possession of two small Peacocks for trading purpose. Peacock is the National bird of India and belongs to schedule-I and trading is completely illegal. The person who has been in possession of the bear maintaining his daily meal by exhibiting the bear in different places of that area. Still he is not able to feed the bear properly confess before me. When the tribal people of that area is not aware of the Wildlife Act, it is the duty of concern wildlife division to aware of the Act by which they will not keep and trade the wildlife which is illegal and provision of fine and imprisonment for violating the act. When the bear population is decreasing day by day due to trading, poaching and illegal possession govt. should also take steps to protect the bears. Many animal welfare organizations also working for the conservation of bears in National an International level. State Wildlife deptt. should take immediate step to rescue this bear and rehabilitate in proper place. Our organization is also proposing for establishment of bear rescue center in our State to rehabilitate the bears rescued in such situations.


J.B.Das

Secretary

People for Animals

Mobile : 9437020717
 
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