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Indian sloth bear +

Melursus ursinus ursinus

Themenwelt: Asien
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Due to their peculiar appearance sloth bears were once thought to be related to sloths, hence their English name „sloth bear“. Their bodies are optimally adapted to feed on ants and termites, which they suck up by producing a vacuum with their long protruding lips, their closable nostrils and their very hollowed palate.

Classification:

Order: carnivores, family: bears

Diet:

Primarily termites and ants, but also fruits, honey, flowers and occasionally also smaller vertebrates

Habitat:

Tropical and subtropical forests of the lowlands as well forest edges

Reproduction:

Mating season: June to July; gestation period with delayed implantation of fertilised embryo: 6–8 months; weaning: 12–16 months; sexually mature at 2–3 years; maximum age: over 32 years

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Vulnerable (VU)

Status according to Red List:Vulnerable (VU)

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