Here Are 10 Reasons Why Sloth Bears Are The Cutest
Sloth bears are irresistibly adorable and can melt your heart at a glance. Their name is quite misleading though, as sloth bears are not related to sloths and are not slow moving; they can, in fact, run faster than humans. The shaggy-coated bear is native to India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Mostly snorting and grunting, the reclusive sloth bears wander alone at night in search of insects, fresh fruits, and termites. When it comes to sloth bears, we are hugely unfamiliar with the species and the threats faced by these animals. Take a quick look at the images below and try to stop yourself from saying "aww" out loud! Via: One Green Planet
ou can’t say no to them because they will make the cutest faces when they need their treats!
Sloth bears are also good swimmers, although they only really swim to play and have fun. How awesome is that?
Sloth bears are mostly nocturnal, they sleep during the day and look for food at night. They are unusual because they do not hibernate like some bears. They often sleep in caves and near rivers when available and make their day beds out of broken tree branches in trees.
The snout of the sloth bear, along with its bare lips and lack of upper incisors, are adaptations for its insect-based diet. The sucking sound they make can be heard 200 meters away. The bears leave behind a hole wide and deep enough for a man to stand in up to his chest. It is estimated that a sloth bear eats between 4,000 and 10,000 ants or termites at one time (between a pint and quart).
As with most wild animals, the greatest threat to their existence is the destruction of their habitat. In addition, sloth bears are killed for their bile which is used in traditional "medicines." Once rescued, it takes a long time for a bear to develop a bond with their keeper.
Behind this innocent angelic smile lies years of torture and pain suffered by this species.
These babies are snatched from their mothers at a tender age and are sold into the cruel dancing bear trade. Their muzzle is pierced without anesthesia using a red-hot iron poker, and a coarse rope is strung through the fresh wound to make the bear jump in pain — this makes people think that the poor bear is dancing.
Other than insects, sloth bears love to gorge on a variety of fruits and flowers, including mangoes, grapes, and figs. Sometimes they also climb a tree to knock down a bee honeycomb, due to which they are also called honey bears.