Sun Bear

  • SUN BEAR
  • SUN BEAR
  • SUN BEAR
  • SUN BEAR
  • SUN BEAR

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Scientific Name Helarctos malayanus

Description

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.

Fun Facts

  • Malayan sun bears are skillful climbers, a useful ability for a species which spends a lot of time climbing trees to get fruit.
  • Their name is believed to derive from the sun shaped crest on their chest.

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