Bear Species number 5 (of 8 – see below): The Sun Bear!
Sun bears weigh approximately 100 pounds and are the smallest bear species of the all (consider an adult male polar bear can weigh up to 1,200 pounds!). Look at that cute face!
- [They] have a long tongue and snout for eating insects and extracting honey and larvae from beehives.
- Today, the sun bear exists in forests throughout Southeast Asia from northern Burma and Bangladesh, south and east across Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand, and south to Malaysia and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Deforestation, often caused by the palm oil and rubber industries, is destroying a large portion of their range, particularly in the northern and western areas.
- Sun bears spend their days sleeping in nests high in the trees of their rainforest homes, and nights foraging for food. True to bear form, they particularly love honey.
(Read more at the Great Bear Foundation.)