Asian Black Bears

Himalayan bear

Asian Black Bears…

Himalayan bear
Himalayan bear by Joydeep cc3.0

The Asian black bear is somewhat similar to the American black bear in behavior, size and appearance. As their name suggests, though, they are endemic to (belonging to the region of) Asia. Asian black bears are highly prized — they are hunted for their skin and also for some of their body parts, especially the gall bladder, which is used in traditional medicines and also in cooking.

They have rather small claws but are usually excellent tree climbers, though some larger bears may have trouble with it. Asian black bears spend most of their time up in the trees, foraging for food. They break twigs and branches to support them in trees where they are feeding, and in doing so they unintentionally make what look like nests up there. Asian black bears are omnivores, feeding on both plants and animals. However, the greater proportion of their diet consists of vegetation and they have large, flat molar teeth specialized for grinding vegatative matter.

Litters, of one to four cubs at a time (though the usual number is two), are born hairless and blind, but a few days after birth they gain their sight and learn to walk. They will stay in their mother’s care for warmth and safety until they are 2 to 3 years old.

Asian black bears are featured in the following book:
101 Facts… Bears!

The YouTube video below is a collection of videos about Asian black bears. The list of videos featured is underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. IFAW – Asiatic Black Bear Rehabilitation in India by ckoenen
  2. Asian Black Bear by Tzu-Hsiang Chien
  3. Asian Black Bears by Valerian Dantis
  4. Asiatic Black Bear Thailand by wildlifethailand
  5. Asiatic Black Bear at Night by wildlifethailand
  6. Asiatic Black Bear – Colour Morph by wildlifethailand


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