Adorable footage shows a rare baby sun bear struggle to get around in his enclosure.
Bear cub Kyra, now 16 weeks old, was born in early June to parents to mum Milli and dad Toni, both of whom were rescued from illegal wildlife traders in Cambodia.
Kyra has delighted conservationists given the remarkable survival story of her parents who were discovered in poor states after being looked after very badly after being poached from the wild, when they themselves were cubs.
Milli and Toni were nursed back to health by conservationists working for the Free The Bears organisation in Cambodia and transferred to the UK in 2013.
The adorable video shows the cub cheekily floundering around in her enclosure and playing with her mother.
The bears were first sent to the Rare Species Conservation Centre in Kent and then to Chester Zoo to complete their recovery.
Despite their troubled start, the pair had a healthy baby girl and zoo staff say the trio are doing ‘fantastically well’.
Survival story: Cute footage shows a sun bear cub clumsily floundering around her enclosure as her mother looks on. Zookeepers say the bear is doing ‘fantastically well’
Keepers say they chose the name Kyra because it means ‘sun goddess.’
Sun bears get their iconic name from the yellow or orange crescent marking on their chest, which legend says resembles the rising or setting sun.
Distinctive and rare: Sun bears get their iconic name from the yellow or orange crescent marking on their chest, which legend says resembles the rising or setting sun
Bear with me: Baby Kyra is now 16 weeks old. The adorable video shows the cub cheekily floundering around in her enclosure and playing with her mother
The species is also known as the ‘honey bear’ due to its love for honey – which it extracts by using its famously long tongue
They are the smallest of the world’s eight species of bear and are listed as vulnerable to extinction on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of threatened species.
Their demise is a result of widespread habitat loss to make way for palm oil plantations, human-wildlife conflict, hunting and the illegal wildlife trade.
Troubled start: Kyra’s parents who were discovered in poor states after being looked after very badly after being poached from the wild, when they themselves were cubs
Chester Zoo has joined forces with illegal wildlife trade enforcement agencies, the UK government, and zoos across UK and Ireland to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, which is threatening the future of species such as the sun bear.
Experts hope that the new worldwide campaign will inspire the public to report offences when they see or suspect them via Wildlife Witness, a free smartphone app, and Chester Zoo’s own Report It form.
Find out more about the illegal wildlife trade and download the app here: https://www.actforwildlife.org.uk/what-we-fight-for/conservation-challenges/our-campaigns/illegal-wildlife-trade/