Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Once in a Lifetime - Part 2

So, once the orangutans were checked out, it was time for a first for me - Sun Bears. As the day got progressively hotter, we crossed to the other side of the sanctuary to check out the Sun Bear enclosure.
Also known as the honey bear for its love of honey, the Sun Bear is the smallest, least well-known and one of the rarest of all the bear species.The Sun Bear can be clearly distinguished from other bears by a white or yellowish patch on the chest - every patch pattern is unique and is their identifying mark. Sun Bears are excellent climbers and spend considerable time in trees. They feed on sweet fruits, small rodents, birds, termites, and other insects. Like other bears in Asia, Sun Bears are hunted for their gall bladders and other body parts for medicinal uses that have been proven by science to have no medical value at all - they are classed as Vulnerable.

Enough education - we want photos!!

They are so cute...

Showing off his Sun Patch

Happy little bear rolling in leaves - move along now..

OK, one more LOL - check out the claws designed for climbing trees and their long tongue is perfect for poking into holes to get juicy honey/wee beasties etc

Digging out scrummy titbits......

More soon....

1 comment:

DrewsGurl said...

He's quite welcome to MY Gallbladder - though I'm not quite sure what they did with it ... OR the stones :/