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Jakarta Post

Island focus: Riau farmer injured by sun bears

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:49 am

Dasril, 50, a farmer from Lubuk Ulat hamlet in Rokan Hulu regency, Riau, suffered injuries to his left leg while fighting off two sun bears on Sunday.

The farmer was attacked by the bears on Sunday while on his way to a rubber plantation where he worked, about 3 kilometers away from the hamlet, Rokan Hulu Police chief Sr. Adj. Comr. Hasyim Risahondua said on Monday.

“He was walking to the plantation. After walking for 2 km, he heard a roar and suddenly two bears appeared in front of him,” Hasyim said.

Dasril told police that a bear about 1.5 meters tall attacked him, so he defended himself using a machete, striking the bear’s head and back. The bear ran away and was hiding in the bushes when a second bear appeared and grabbed hold of Dasril’s thigh.

He screamed until the bear eventually let him go and fled.

“[Dasril] struggled to return home ...