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A Chinese family is showing up in headlines across the world this week after they discovered that their family dog is actually no dog at all... it's actually a bear.

According to People.com, Su Yun, from the city of Kunming in the Yunnan province of China, purchased what she thought was a Tibetan Mastiff (pictured below) while on vacation in 2016, and brought it home as her family's new beloved pet.

Yun and her family quickly noticed that there was something peculiar about their new "dog," based mostly on its evergrowing appetite. This included a "box of fruit and two buckets of noodles every day," she told Chinese media.

The "dog's" eating habits continued until the family pet grew to an amazing 250 pounds. That was the first clue that something was up with their beloved family pet. The next came soon after.

The family finally accepted the fact that there was some anomaly when the pet didn't stop growing after a couple of years but instead, started walking around on its hind legs. After the discovery, the family quickly realized that they were raising a bear, not a dog.

"The more he grew, the more like a bear he looked," said Yun, "I am a little scared of bears."

According to the Independent, the bear was taken into care at the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Centre after the family got in touch requesting help. Officials at the facility say the bear is approximately three feet tall. The once family pet has been identified as an endangered Asiatic Black Bear, which could fetch upwards of thousands of dollars on the black market.

(CGTN)

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