Heartbreak over cub confiscation
A tribal man in India rescued an abandoned bear cub for his daughter to help her overcome her mother's death, but has now had the cub taken away from him by forestry officials because he is breaking the rules.
They confiscated the animal arguing that its capture was in contravention of wildlife laws.
As a result, Ramesh Munda, 35, was briefly jailed and the bear was sent to a zoo where some reports say it has refused to eat.
His daughter is now distraught over the loss of a "much-loved" family friend.
Mr Munda, who is also known as Ram Singh, rescued Rani almost two years ago from the dense forest of Keonjhar in the eastern state of Orissa.
From the moment the cub was recovered, both man and animal appeared to develop an unusual bond of love.
Such was the level of affection between the bear and Mr Munda's family, that the local press began to write stories about this rare example of mutual affection.
But Orissa forestry department officials were not so sentimental.
Keonjhar district forest officials arrested and jailed him under the Wildlife Protection Act and sent Rani to Nandankanan Zoological Park.
Now both man and animal are pining to be reunited, with the bear reportedly refusing to eat any food.
I feel saddened by this story and I think the zoo should just return the cub to the man and his daughter. I mean, if they are ok with it, and the cub is not hurting anyone, what is the harm in it? I hope this story has a happy ending.