Raw Video: Boy Adopts Rare Bear in Colombia
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A Colombian boy who found a so-called spectacled bear cub near his remote rural home looked after it for weeks until his parents finally called the authorities. Vets said the three-month old female cub was in good health thanks to the boy. (Jan. 7)

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[Location - Date:Agustin de Huila - 6 Jan, 2012 --RCN VIDEO -- NO ACCESS COLOMBIA][Source:][VO:][INSERT: Wire Copy] A Colombian boy who found a so-called spectacled bear cub near his remote rural home looked after it for weeks until his parents finally called the authorities. Vets said the three-month old female cub was in good health thanks to Durban Ruiz. "We fed her, we let her loose in a room so she could walk during the day, and then at night we put her inside a box, fed her again and she would fall asleep," Ruiz said on Friday. The cub has been named Serankwa, after a local NGO which oversees a nature reserve in the department of Huila, where many spectacled bears live. Ruiz found her hungry, dehydrated and disoriented while playing with his dog near his house. Local authorities believe the cub's mother could have been killed by hunters. Locals had previously reported seeing a bear with two cubs and authorities believe Serankwa may be the only surviving member. Edna Gonzalez, a member of town council of the municipality of Alto Magdalena, said that "the mother could have been hunted, it's a possibility and maybe the other cub might be dead." Serankwa - who, in the footage broadcast by local channel RCN, seems to enjoy honey and milk - will be sent to the Natural Reserve of Garagoa in the department of Boyaca. She will be closely monitored by veterinary experts and then returned to her natural habitat in the mountains of Huila. The spectacled bear - also known as the Andean bear - is native to Latin America's Andean countries. They are shy creatures which do not attack humans, and they typically eat fruit, roots and insects. Experts have been unable to say how many spectacled bears live in the wild. They no longer exist in Paraguay but can still be found in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: ned barker---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: rcn-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ned barker----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: courtesy----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: vt1782AP-APTN-2230: Colombia Bear