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When the sloth bear cubs are poached, they are sometimes taken out of their dens much too soon. A cub usually doesn't leave the den until it is 3 months old, but poachers have taken them as young as 5 weeks. As many as 70% of the babies may not make it adulthood because of the animal cruelty perpetrated upon them when so young. They are put in sacks and taken to Kalandar (Qalandar) villages to be sold and trained by the Kalandar as dancing bears. Kalandar men are the traditional trainers that make the bears perform silly antics and dances for the tourists. Or they may go to rural villages when the men think it isn't safe to be near the cities.
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