KOTA KINABALU - Two Swedish tourists made a gruesome discovery of a sun bear carcass cut in half in Sungai Kinabatangan while cruising along the river to view Sabah's diverse wildlife.
Tommy Eriksson and his wife Teuta Hajra took photos of the slaughtered animal at about 6pm on Jan 16 and shared the pictures with Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) chief executive Wong Siew Te on Monday.
Wong said the couple spotted the sun bear carcass floating in the river near Kampung Sukau, near a plantation. Both its hind paws were missing.
Eriksson told Wong that his wife was the first to spot the carcass floating in the river, and only realised what it was when they got closer.
The couple became angry after seeing the slaughtered animal and their immediate suspicion was that it was a victim of poaching.
The carcass was recovered later with the help of Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Tourism Association members and sent to the Sabah Wildlife Department for investigation.
Wong said the bear was killed in cold blood and that the act was an illegal one, adding that such practices should be stopped immediately.