Magnificent paddy photos depict carefree black bear endemic to Taiwan

A black bear cub was rescued, taken care of, and released to the wild in April

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Photo Credit: Li Tong-tai (李東泰)/Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association

Photo Credit: Li Tong-tai (李東泰)/Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A giant pattern featuring a Formosan black bear has appeared on a rice paddy in Hualien County’s Yuli Township, as part of a campaign to celebrate the release of a young black bear into the wild last month after its separation from its mother near a waterfall in the municipality.

The paddy art project, aimed to raise public awareness on the importance of protecting the Formosan black bear, was spearheaded by Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association (TBBCA) and enlisted the assistance of Taiwanese celebrity farmer Hsieh Ming-chien (謝銘鍵), reported UDN.


Photo Credit: Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association

From aerial pictures, a gigantic white-collared black bear can be seen frolicing in the vast green paddy field against a backdrop of verdant mountains. The signature white-throat area of the bear appears to be green while the rest part of its body is jet-black, thanks to the ingenious combination of four local rice varieties cultivated in the paddy to deliver the desired effect of the image.

The location has since become a new photography hotspot for tourists visiting Yuli, a home to the endangered bear species. Visitors are invited to take pictures of the adorable animal image from above a bridge nearby, said the report.

While drawing public attention to bear conservation,TBBCA hopes the project will also shed light on the relationship between humans and nature. The paddy will serve as a pilot zone for organic farming that is free from chemical pesticides, an example of living in harmony with our environment.

Photo Credit: Taiwan Black Bear Conservation Association