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Sun Bear

 

(Ursus, or Helarctos, malayanus), a mammal of the family Ursidae. The skull is short and broad, the canine teeth are small, and the cheek teeth are small and flattened. Body length, about 120-130 cm; height at the shoulders, 50-70 cm; weight, 60-80 kg. The fur is short, stiff, and black. The muzzle is yellowish, and there is a yellow breast mark in the shape of a horseshoe. The sun bear inhabits the valleys and mountain forests of South-east Asia (Indochina, the Malay Archipelago, possibly southern China). It feeds mainly on the shoots, rhizomes, and fruits of plants.

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He pointed to the under-threat Malayan sun bear and Sunda clouded leopard - already captured on camera - as ongoing monitoring projects that he is carrying out from his jungle base.
A 5-year-old Malayan sun bear has given birth at a park in Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, park management said Tuesday.
Popularly known as ''honey bear'' for its love of honey, the Malayan sun bear is the smallest member of the bear family and the one with the shortest and sleekest coat.
At the lodge, hotel rooms are usually separated only by thick glass walls, allowing guests to look straight into animal's enclosures, including Bengal tigers, European brown bears, Malayan sun bears, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, colobus monkeys, lemurs, hyenas, and snow leapords.
The diet of Malayan sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) in Malaysian Borneo also included turtles such as the Asian brown giant tortoise (Manouria emys).
Food habits of Malayan sun bears in lowland tropical forest of Borneo.
You can enjoy a ride on the free hilltop safari and welcome Edinburgh's newest residents - Malayan sun bears.