Meet the smallest bear in the world

A yellow U-shaped patch, the longest tongue of its kind... This is the smallest bear in the world, but also one of the rarest. Meet the Malayan Sun Bear.

One of the rarest bears in the world

This is the smallest bear in the world but also one of the rarest. Much smaller than its cousins the brown bear, the giant panda and the polar bear, it is also much lighter: weighing between 25 and 65 kilos on average, whereas polar bears can weigh up to 800 kilos.

Living in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, it spends a lot of time hanging in trees. Unlike other bears, it benefits from its small size and large sickle-shaped claws. Up there, it builds a kind of nest that it uses for shelter. Another surprising feature: its tongue, which is the longest of all bear species. Measuring up to 45 cm, it helps it fetch honey and extract insects from the holes they're hiding in. Its food diet provides several services to the ecosystem. The seeds of the fruits it feeds on are spread through its feces and contribute to the survival of the tropical forest. By eating parasites like termites, it also regulates their population and limits their impact on trees.

However, this bear is listed as "vulnerable" by the IUCN. The reasons: the destruction of the forests on which it depends and hunting. Like its cousin the Asian black bear, with which it shares some habitats, it is targeted by the trade in bear bile, used in traditional Chinese medicine. In Southeast Asia, several organizations are working to protect this unique bear. Recognizable by its short black fur, the yellow u-shaped patch on its chest and its greyish-orange muzzle, this is the Malayan Sun Bear.


03/27/2020 7:24 AM


  • Glaiza V.
    04/20/2020 09:23

    included in tcm. shame

  • Micheline D.
    03/31/2020 18:34

    Très beau reportage.

  • Robbo S.
    03/31/2020 16:02

    Well it's not smaller then a koala bear .

  • Josh D.
    03/31/2020 11:27

    shall we get one to be peaches friend

  • Dave F.
    03/31/2020 09:41

    The Chinese don't give a shit about anything but themselves

  • Luke H.
    03/31/2020 06:27

    Charlotte Leah Black Another used for chinese traditional medicine 🙄 so basically every animal can be used for medicine or eaten 🤦‍♂️

  • Kim O.
    03/31/2020 02:46

    Chinese medicine again?...🙄

  • Kevin F.
    03/31/2020 02:01

    Chinese are the scum of the earth .

  • Ahmet O.
    03/31/2020 00:09

    Fuck Chinese and it’s bullshit medicine. They just kill any living thing and call it medicine

  • Shelagh J.
    03/30/2020 18:09

    I think the Chinese nation could do with enlightenment . Using any part of any animai will not cure you , make your balls more powerful or bring you good luck or everlasting life . For a people who in times past made many great inventions why is a all you seem to do is make copies of others creations at a cheaper price and flooding the world markets with inferior workmanship .Nothing lasts nowadays and spares are non existant.

  • Chris B.
    03/30/2020 13:54


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  • Matt H.
    03/30/2020 10:21

    , Benjamin!

  • Oliver I.
    03/30/2020 08:10

    Yeah rare because damn Asians kill em for food n fur

  • Ronnie G.
    03/30/2020 05:24

    I Love Sun Bears!! Of course certain people are abusing these animals n could decimate the species.

  • Ricky M.
    03/30/2020 05:13

    Disgusting, hope all u fucks die leave the animals be

  • Simon H.
    03/30/2020 03:55

    Poor sods bear bile !!!

  • Bobby D.
    03/29/2020 22:10

    My company in Vietnam had one as a pet snoopy was his name have pictures of him

  • Bra D.
    03/29/2020 20:19

    Lara Phillips

  • Connor V.
    03/29/2020 09:46

    I hope this species doesnt go extinct during this mass extinction event cause by us