Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Sun Bear

Although It would be very difficult to acquire and make one of these fuzzy creatures a pet, I still think they are funny.

Clearly, they have long tongues.

And they can stand upright!!
Which is kind of creepy.

But, just like us, they get fits of laziness.

The Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) is a bear found primarily in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia.
The Sun Bear stands approximately 4 ft (1.2 m) in length, making it the smallest member in the bear family. It is often called the dog bear because of its small stature. It has a 2 in (5 cm) tail and on average weighs less than 145 lb (65 kg). Males tend to be slightly larger than females.

Unlike other bears, the Sun Bear's fur is short and sleek. This adaptation is probably due to the lowland climates it inhabits. Dark black or brown-black fur covers its body, except on the chest where there is a pale orange-yellow marking in the shape of a horseshoe. Similar colored fur can be found around the muzzle and the eyes. This distinct marking gives the sun bear its name.


  1. they're creepy and cute at the same time

  2. The bear on the last picture looks exhausted!

  3. I'm sure if you got one young enough you could domesticate it.

  4. How can something that looks so adorable also kill you.

  5. Haha, awesome photos man. These bears are adorable!

  6. We get these Malayan Sun Bears here where we live.. Hey, you should make a post about pacman frogs!

  7. I went to the zoo on the weekend in NZ and they have a Sun bear, apparently no other zoos in NZ have bears too so they are the only pair in the country.

  8. Those are some serious tongues