TAIPEI (The China Post) – The Formosan black bear, a creature endemic to Taiwan, is typically associated with the image of a large predator that hunts viciously. However, this Formosan black bear went against all expectations and befriended a chicken. The Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association (TBBCA), when carrying out plans to recover the endangered species, placed a chicken into the black bear’s territory. Miraculously, the chicken was not eaten. Instead, it became buddies with the bear, heading a carefree life among the bears.

台灣黑熊是台灣的原生種,想到熊都會聯想到龐大的身體、兇殘的捕獵習慣,但這隻台灣黑熊卻與「雞」做起了好朋友,台灣黑熊保育協會在進行復育計畫時,將一隻弱小的雞放入黑熊所在的區域中,但最後這隻雞卻沒被吃掉,反而在黑熊旁邊活蹦亂跳,儼然成為「熊麻雞」。

According to the Facebook post by the TBBCA, a chicken was placed in a Taiwanese Black Bear cub “Nan-an” territory in early December. This was carried out to develop the cub’s hunting skill. The team in charge picked out a rather inactive chicken among the brood of chickens, yet the chicken managed to escape and seemed to have vanished.

台灣黑熊保育協會在臉書發文表示,在12月初,為了進行第一場獵捕訓練,台灣黑熊「南安小熊」進入森林籠舍後,野訓團隊為牠安排了活禽,訓練捕食動物的技能。團隊在雞群中挑選了一隻活動力較弱的雞,但一不小心,雞就飛走了,從此「銷聲匿雞」。

The chicken disappeared for several weeks, during which the team gave the cub a second chicken, which the cub successfully captured. Meanwhile, the team still did not witness the first chicken at all. They cannot decide whether it fell victim to the cub, or became the meal of other predators.

這隻「弱雞」這一消失就是幾個星期。而在這期間團隊還給了小熊第2隻雞,小熊也成功獵食活禽。只不過團隊還是沒人見過第一隻雞的蹤影,不曉得被小熊成功吃掉了,還是被其他獵食者給吃了。

Recently, the chicken, covered in new feathers, silently appeared once again.  Seeing the chicken casually pecking at food beside the cub, the research team was baffled by this indescribable, ambiguous relationship. The TBBCA also stated that this chicken had survived for at least 2 months. The team also found this phenomenon quite amusing. Currently, the bear-chicken pair is still living peacefully together.

但到了最近,這隻雞卻默默地登場,還換了身新羽毛,讓研究團隊都十分驚訝,牠不急不慌地在小熊旁邊啄食,也逃離了熊口,與小熊保持著微妙的「曖昧關係」。台灣黑熊保育協會也說,這隻雞最少已經生存了2個月以上,研究團隊對這樣的結果也覺得十分有趣,目前「一熊一雞」還是安穩的生活在一起。

According to the TBBCA, the forest territory enjoyed by the cub, although surrounded by gates, is quite vast. This spaciousness is aimed to smoothen the cub’s transition to the real wilderness when it is eventually released. Since Nan-An ate all the chickens released after the first one, the relationship between the cub and its chicken-friend is especially interesting.

台灣黑熊保育協會表示,由於小熊的森林籠舍區域十分廣大,而目前提早建立圍欄就是為了將來在野放時能夠習慣野外的生活,而除了「熊麻雞」之外,協會有投食第二隻雞,小熊就成功的捕食了,因此小熊與牠的雞朋友之間的關係真是讓人覺得逗趣。