A Chinese family who brought a brand new puppy into their home two years ago noticed something strange happening with their fuzzy family member.
The little guy seemed ravenous.
In fact, he never stopped eating. Or growing.
The puppy would have “a box of fruits and two buckets of fruit a day,” Su Yun told China News.
Soon, the family’s “fur baby” weighed a whopping 250 pounds.
And he developed a curious talent for walking upright, on two legs.
That’s when the family came to a startling realization: Their “puppy” was really a black bear.
“The more he grew, the more like a bear he looked,” explained Yun, who lives near the city of Kunming in Yunnan province. “I am a little scared of bears.”
When the family discovered their fuzzy friend was really a bear, they contacted the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center, which sedated the animal and took him into the center’s care.
The animal turned out to be an endangered Asiatic Black Bear, the London Telegraph reported. The family purchased him in 2016 while they were on vacation. They had initially believed he was a Tibetan mastiff.
According to media reports, others have taken in bears after mistakenly assuming they were dogs.
Another man from the Yunnan province found a bear in the forest and took him in, believing the animal was a stray dog.