The Malayan sun bear is the smallest member of the bear family. It is also the one with the shortest and sleekest coat – perhaps an adaptation to a lowland equatorial climate. These animals grow to approximately four and a half feet in length and have a tiny, two-inch tail. Their average weight is less than 100 pounds.
- Young cubs are so lively, playful and attractive that they are often kept as pets in their native lands, but they become treacherously bad-tempered as they grow older.
- Malayan sun bears are skillful climbers, a useful ability for a species which spends a lot of time climbing trees to get fruit.