It is not unusual to find animal parts in the refrigerators of restaurants, but usually those animals are featured on the menu. This week in Vancouver, investigators were stymied by a mysterious bear paw they discovered in the refrigerator of a local Chinese restaurant, and now police are reportedly investigating the legality of having bear parts in a restaurant refrigerator.
According to CBC, the bear parts were discovered when firefighters were called in response to a fire at the 5 Tastes Chinese Bistro in Vancouver. While responding to the fire, they discovered what appeared to be the paw of a black bear in the restaurant’s refrigerator.
"When first responders responded to the fire, on their inspection of the premises they discovered what they believe to be a bear paw or parts there of a bear in the premises," said conservation officer Todd Hunter.
Bear paws are reportedly not on the menu at 5 Tastes, but according to Vancitybuzz, they are a historical delicacy in Chinese cuisine.
It is as yet unclear how exactly 5 Tastes came to be in possession of the bear paw, but conservation officers are reportedly investigating the legality of having and possibly serving the bear paw in a restaurant.