Rescued Bear Loves to Play With Bamboo Stick

An adorable Andean bear was recorded playing with a bamboo stick at a Bolivian sanctuary recently.

Two-year-old Tarkus was initially found on a road by a truck driver outside the city of Tarija, in southern Bolivia, in 2018, before ending up in La Senda Verde Wildlife Sanctuary in Yolosa.

“The enclosure he was in when this was shot … was only temporary while a large permanent one, full of trees, was being finished,” Natalia Cara de Medeiros, who recorded the footage, said. “The bamboo stick serves not only as a toy but also as environmental enrichment, providing neural and physical stimulation in order to reduce stress and improve his well-being.”

The wildlife sanctuary set up a crowdfunding page for the enclosure and Tarkus’s continued care. Credit: Natalia Cara de Medeiros via Storyful