Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-08-04 22:05 Bengaluru: A sloth bear, which had suffered serious injuries after it bit on an explosive device planted by poachers, was jointly rescued by a team of State Forest Staff and Wildlife SOS volunteers. The bear apparently bit on a explosive device that poachers plant in forests to kill animals such as wild boar. The injuries are serious. The animal has suffered multiple internal fractures in its jaws and skull. The forest staff rescued the bear after getting information about a bear suffering pain in Kabbal village. “The bear is currently critical and is undergoing medical treatment at the Bear Rescue Centre (BRC) at Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) run by Wildlife SOS in collaboration with the Karnataka Forest Department and BBP,” a statement from Wildlife SOS said. Injured Sloth bear before rescue Injured bear being transported to bannerghatta bear rescue center Injured bear being treated by Wildlife SOS veterinarian Narrating the incident, the statement from the NGO said: “The Divisional Forest Officer of Ramanagara district made an emergency call to the Wildlife SOS saying that a wild sloth bear was critically injured and is in grave condition. The animal had taken shelter in the outskirts of the village and was unable to move.” After getting the information, a four-member rescue team from Wildlife SOS rescue team led by Dr. Arun. A. Sha, Veterinary Director of Wildlife SOS, rushed to the spot. The local RFO joined the team. The animal appeared to be in acute and excruciating pain, and the wounds were all internal. Closer examination showed severe internal injuries caused by a country-made explosive device concealed inside food bait. “The male sloth bear is about 6 to 7 years old and has suffered massive injury and internal damage to his mouth, head and neck regions. The x-ray report says that it has multiple fractures in both lower and upper jaws, even in the skull.The animal’s condition is grave and is under close observation,” Dr Sha said. Geeta Seshamani, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said that the bear was in immense pain and had to be tranquilized for further examination. Crude explosives concealed in food are often used by poachers to kill wild boars and other smaller animals. Unsuspecting and attracted by the food, wild animals bite on the food and the results are horrific. “The result is devastating and causes the head or mouth parts to explode, leaving the animal to die a slow and very painful death, “explains Kartick Satyanarayan co-founder of Wildlife SOS.