On January 25th, 2024, Chiang Dao police officers received a report of a Swiss Wildlife Foundation volunteer who lost an arm while feeding a black bear in a pen in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai.
The Swiss volunteer, publicly identified only as Mr. Stefan, suffered a severe injury as his right forearm was ripped off while feeding a black bear in a pen, according to the police.
The rescue teams stated that the victim was feeding the black bear as usual, however, as he reached his right arm inside the pen, the black bear furiously bit and ripped off his forearm.
Rescue teams performed first aid to stop the bleeding and brought his right forearm out of the bear pen before urgently transferring him to the Chiang Dao Hospital for immediate medical treatment.
Initially, it was reported that the black bear was legally kept at the Chiang Dao Wildlife Foundation since 1993. At first, the black bear was under the supervision of Pha Daeng National Park, Chiang Mai, before being transferred to the new wildlife sanctuary, according to Wildlife Foundation officers.