Thankfully, local farmers spotted the sloth bear, who is estimated to only be about 10 months old — and they did the right thing. They alerted the local forestry department in Karnataka, India, and the forestry department got in touch with Wildlife SOS. A rescue team hurried to help the young bear.
“In an attempt to break free, the bear had been struggling for hours, causing swelling in the leg forelimb from the snare, and had sustained scratches from the wires,” Satyanarayan said. “He was also bleeding from the mouth as a result of gnawing on the barbed wires.”