Some have dubbed the mysterious creature a "Malaysian Chupacabra," but Anthony Sebastian of the Malaysian Nature Society Kuching says the animal is actually a familiar threatened species.
"It is clearly a sun bear," Sebastian told the Malaysian Star. "What confuses people is the lack of fur. It is not some strange alien that has fallen from the sky."
State wildlife authorities from Sarawak Forestry Corporation confirmed to the Borneo Post that the animal is indeed a sun bear, adding that he may have been driven to the plantation due to flooding nearby.
Conservationists from the conservation group Naturetalksback condemned the attack on the bear, who had likely "lost its fur either from disease or because it was abused/shaved."
"A local endangered bear gets the living daylights beaten out of it, is filmed, and paraded on the interwebs as a 'freak of nature' or a 'monster,'" the group writes on Facebook. "This is not right."