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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.

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03/27/2020 7:24 AM

49 comments

  • Kevin N.
    2 days

    Beautiful sun bears. One small point about video however, pandas are not actually bears at all, just like orcas are not actually whales.

  • Tariq S.
    3 days

    Nice

  • DrMohd K.
    3 days

    Alhamdulillah

  • So P.
    3 days

    Lovely

  • Hamish M.
    4 days

    What's up with these stupid people

  • Ma V.
    4 days

    dssll;ẻtiophho

  • Rhona C.
    4 days

    Beautiful Sun Bear help!

  • Kitty D.
    5 days

    Very 😥

  • Нямдорж Э.
    5 days

    Mongolian deserts bear Mazaalai. This is so small. Maybi 25-30kg

  • Ruwan W.
    5 days

    And less hair, thanks for the video.

  • Robert G.
    5 days

    Spends a lot of time in cages with its bile being tapped too

  • Vicky K.
    5 days

    Nice

  • Wingskie W.
    5 days

    Had the opportunity of saving an orphaned sun bear,mother was probably killed by poacher.Was feisty the little one but managed to capture it and contacted the local wildlife authority.They came the next day to take it to a Sun Bear Conservation sanctuary.Knew deep in my heart it wouldn't survive on it's own and the few friend who wouldn't mind making a quick profit out of the little guy.Still one of my most memorable moment being a part of saving an endangered species.

  • Eleanore Z.
    5 days

    Very sbused....moon bear

  • Connie B.
    6 days

    Another creature the presence of humans is destroying

  • Star K.
    6 days

    ulipo starshah

  • Jack C.
    6 days

    Any part of a Chinese has medicinal value?

  • Jophet S.
    6 days

    Faks this chinese medicine killing animals

  • Ignacio C.
    6 days

    How I can contribuate?

  • Surindar P.
    6 days

    Fantastic discoveries well captured in camera and explained so well in simple terms. Let’s convince the Chinese to let them live. Wonder how it could be done? They are hell bent on destroying many creatures of nature, including tigers.

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