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Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 1000D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-27 7:47
Viewed: 5085
Points: 22
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This is a capture from my recent visit to Ranthambore National Park. This is one of the mammal sighting of which is very very difficult. I was lucky to get a close shot with aroud 5 to 8 feet from the safari vehicle. What we saw was amazing behaviour. The bear was looking for food and climbed the tree and came down with only few of us watching the action. It was truly an amazing experience.

I hope you like this unique capture of the sloth bear who is on his way to the top of the tree. Thanks for standing by.

The Sloth Bear also known as the Labiated Bear, is a nocturnal insectivorous species of bear found wild within the Indian subcontinent. The sloth bear evolved from ancestral Brown Bears during the Pleistocene and shares features found in insect-eating mammals through convergent evolution. The population isolated in Sri Lanka is considered as a subspecies. Unlike brown and black bears, sloth bears have lankier builds, long shaggy coats that form a mane around the face, long sickle shaped claws, and a specially adapted lower lip and palate used for sucking insects. Sloth bears breed during spring and early summer and give birth near the beginning of winter. They feed on termites, honeybee colonies and fruits. Sloth bears sometimes attack humans that encroach on their territory. Historically, humans have drastically reduced their habitat and diminished their population by hunting them for food and products such as their baculum and claws. These bears have been used for as performing pets due to their tameable nature.

Adult sloth bears may travel in pairs, with the males being gentle with cubs. They may fight for food. They walk in a slow, shambling motion, with their feet being set down in a noisy, flapping motion. They are capable of galloping faster than running humans. Although they appear slow and clumsy, sloth bears are excellent climbers. They climb to feed and rest, though not to escape enemies, as they prefer to stand their ground. They are capable of climbing on smooth surfaces and hang upside down like sloths. They are good swimmers, and primarily enter water to play. To mark their territory, sloth bears will scrape trees with their forepaws, and rub against them with their flanks. Sloth bears have a great vocal range. Gary Brown, in his Great Bear Almanac lists over 25 different sounds in 16 different contexts. Sounds such as barks, screams, grunts, roars, snarls, wickers, woofs and yelps are made when angered, threatening or when fighting. When hurt or afraid, they shriek, yowl or whimper. When feeding, sloth bears make loud huffing and sucking noises, which can be heard over 100 metres away. Sounds such as gurgling or humming are made by bears resting or sucking their paws. Sows will emit crooning sounds to their cubs. The species is the most vociferous when mating, and make loud, melodious calls when doing so. Sloth bears do not hibernate. They make their day beds out of broken branches in trees, and will rest in caves during the wet season. Sloth bears are the most nocturnal of bears, though sows become more active in daytime when with cubs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-27 7:50]

Hi Sujoy,
Excellent photo of this Sloth Bear, very lucky moment for You, TFS!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-27 8:13]

Lucky to see this elusive bear and capture, that too climbing a tree, good one. tfs.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2011-04-27 10:02]

superb picture,
its very unique to get the sloth bear climbing !!

Ciao Sujoy. Good time here and fantastci light's mangement. Very goos sharp and details for the pleasant bear.


Ciao Sujoy, great capture of lovely bear in nice action, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Sujoy,
Excellent image with splendid colors very good contrast and perfect focus.
Great composition and very sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Sujoy,
Brilliant capture indeed.
I'm puzzled by the many scratching on the tree. Like he has been climbing that one tree many times.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Sujoy, great captured moment, this bear climbing a tree is very beautiful and perfect the moment that you captured. All the best, Paul

Hi Sujoy
incredible! I had no luck when visiting Ranthambore NP as I did no see any, but that seems quite normal. So this indeed is an incredible shot and very well framed.

Bonjour Sujoy,
Belle et originale scène de la vie sauvage bien restituée sous une belle lumière et une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Sujoy,
amazingly close capture of a bear climbing a tree, taken from a perfect point of view. My congratulations!
With best regards,

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