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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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The zoo's two sun bears, Milli and Toni, who were rescued from Cambodia after their mothers were killed by poachers and they were found as mistreated pets, are among the individual animals with new South-East Asian habitats.
Pupils at the academy took part in a competition to decorate their own sun bear sculpture for this year's theme, Bournville's identity.
The sun bear was chosen for next year's trail because it is the smallest of the world's eight bear species - making it the ideal choice for the children's hospital to help it raise vital funds when the bears go to auction.
With so much to do, the month passed quickly and I'm sure that our work will help to maintain the wellbeing of the orangutans and sun bears, which have been threatened by the march of so-called progress for too long.
But the sad reality is that even if Wong had the funding to prepare a sun bear for release back into the wild, where would he release it?
The panda bears have fantastic food, the polar bears tell funny jokes, the black bears play good marching songs, the brown bears tell stories, and the sun bears play ridiculous games.
The diet of Malayan sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) in Malaysian Borneo also included turtles such as the Asian brown giant tortoise (Manouria emys).
Quite spacious, it has a biodiversity information centre and houses Hoolock gibbons, clouded leopards, Mrs Hume's Pheasant, sun bears and other rarely seen species.
The population of Sun bears has also decreased in recent years as well.
One of the oldest and most popular reserves, it covers four provinces and is home to an abundance of wildlife including deer, elephants, sun bears, wild boars, monkeys, tigers as well as a variety of birds and butterflies.
Shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei Darrusalam, the island is home to orangutans, sun bears, and many other endangered species.