Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Hungry black bear is caught stealing 17 pounds of honey after sneaking into a bee yard in midnight

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Hungry black bear is caught stealing 17 pounds of honey after sneaking into a bee yard in midnight

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Hungry black bear is caught stealing 17 pounds of honey after sneaking into a bee yard in midnight

  • The Asian black bear was spotted stealing honey from a nature reserve in China
  • Footage shows the starving beast sneaking into the bee yard and looking around
  • It eagerly reached for the beehives in a cage before licking the honey off its paws
  • The animal devoured 17 pounds of the sweet fluid during its midnight food-hunt 

By Emilia Jiang For Mailonline

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A starving Asian black bear has been caught on camera stealing honey in the middle of the night after sneaking into a bee yard in China.

CCTV footage shows the giant animal eagerly reaching for the beehives secured in a barred cage before licking the sweet fluid off its paws.

The hungry beast is said to have devoured 17 pounds of honey during its 20-minute midnight food-hunt.

A starving Asian black bear has been caught on camera stealing honey in the middle of the night after sneaking into a bee yard in China’s south-west Sichuan province on Tuesday

CCTV footage released by the local conservation centre shows the giant animal eagerly reaching for the beehives secured in a barred cage before licking the sweet fluid off its paws

The incident occurred on the wee hours of Tuesday at the Guanba Community Nature Reserve in Sichuan province, south-western China.

It was brought to light when local beekeepers reported to the authorities after finding some of their beehives had been eaten, reported Chinese media.

Footage released by the local conservation centre shows the Asian black bear, believed to be about three-year-old, first entering apiary while carefully checking the surroundings.

After much inspection, the starving beast moved towards one of the iron-barred cages, where the beehives were stored.

The animal first tried to rip off the metal rods with its teeth, but to no avail. It then popped its paws through a gap between the bars and reached for the honey.

After successfully retrieving the sweet fluid, the black bear is seen eagerly licking it off its feet.

Footage released by the local conservation centre shows the Asian black bear, believed to be about three-year-old, first entering apiary while carefully checking the surroundings

The picture shows the animal trying to rip off the metal rods of one of the cages with its teeth

The Asian black bear in China first tried to rip off the metal rods with its teeth, but to no avail. It is seen in the image popping its paws through a gap between the bars to reach for the honey

The hungry beast devoured about 7.5 kilograms (17 pounds) of honey, a staff member from the nature reserve told the local press.

The animal is believed to be around three years old, the worker added.

Asian black bear, also known as Asiatic black bear, is classed as vulnerable to extinction with a decreasing population and listed under the second class of wildlife protection in China.

The local authorities are said to have compensated the beekeepers for the honey stolen by the animal. 

Asian black bear, also known as Asiatic black bear, is classed as vulnerable to extinction with a decreasing population and listed under the second class of wildlife protection in China

The news comes as a Tibetan brown bear has been caught stealing a pressure cooker with freshly made rice after breaking into an animal researchers’ tent in China.

The wildlife workers initially spotted footprints of the brown bear around the tent upon their return from conducting outdoor work.

Footage filmed by the researchers is believed to have shown the animal sneaking into the camping site before quickly snatching the pot away.

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