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


  • Pam T.
    05/30/2021 14:27

    Sun bears are so beautiful.hope they will always be with us

  • Robin R.
    05/21/2021 10:52

    You can see them in Sarawak in Borneo at the sanctuary they are awsome rolly Polly teddy bears. I saw them so cute

  • Tom P.
    05/19/2021 12:33

    The giant panda is not a bear.

  • Mohd A.
    05/15/2021 17:16

    Chinese medical practitioners are the scum of the earth, enemy to the wildlife! 😭

  • Javwad A.
    05/13/2021 10:16

    istg it is so beautiful, we must protect this amazing creature at alll costs!

  • Bonnie D.
    05/12/2021 03:20

    How about that?

  • Jade A.
    05/07/2021 22:37

    Luke Martin it's winnie 🥰

  • Kevin N.
    05/05/2021 04:11

    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.
    05/04/2021 12:04


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    05/04/2021 07:11


  • So P.
    05/04/2021 06:46


  • Hamish M.
    05/03/2021 17:00

    What's up with these stupid people

  • Ma V.
    05/03/2021 16:57


  • Rhona C.
    05/02/2021 21:26

    Beautiful Sun Bear help!

  • Kitty D.
    05/02/2021 17:49

    Very 😥

  • Нямдорж Э.
    05/02/2021 16:31

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

  • Ruwan W.
    05/02/2021 16:28

    And less hair, thanks for the video.

  • Robert G.
    05/02/2021 07:40

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

  • Vicky K.
    05/02/2021 01:18


  • Wingskie W.
    05/02/2021 00:33

    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.

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