Spectacled bear sighting surprises tourists at Machu Picchu
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Spectacled bear sighting surprises tourists at Machu Picchu

Notoriously shy and in danger of extinction, Latin America’s spectacled bear population is not a common sight.

However, tourists at Peru’s Inca ruins, Machu Picchu, were in for a pleasant surprise after a chance sighting of a young bear last week.

One visitor, Marlis Ferreyros, posted a recording of the bear on her Facebook page:

Todavía hay Osos y se están acercando… Permitamos que siga creciendo su población!Si señores… Un Osito de anteojos bebé en el mero Machu Picchu! Un regalito de la vida!

Posted by Marlis Ferreyros on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

“There are still bears and they are approaching (people)… Let’s hope we can continue to believe in their population! Yes guys, a spectacled bear cub at the summit of Machu Picchu! One of life’s treasures!” She writes.

English NGO Bear Rescue has been working jointly with Machu Picchu hotel owners, Inkaterra, since 2000 to protect the reserve’s bear population.

The project began by releasing bears that had been illegally captured back into their natural habitat, El Tiempo reports.

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