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Malayan Sun Bear
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National Zoo and Aquarium
999 Lady Denman Drive
Canberra, ACT
2611
Australia

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Malayan Sun Bear

The Sun Bear is the smallest of the world’s eight bear species, averaging at 1.2 metres in length and weighing up to 64 kilos. Its name comes from the crescent marking on its chest which can be yellow, orange or white and is said to look very similar to the rising sun. Their short broad muzzles and large heads have earned them the nickname Dog Bear among the locals and Honey Bear due to their love of honey.Their small size, 10cm long claws, and large paws with hairless soles help them to move about with ease high up in the trees and give the bears a distinctive pigeon-toed walk. Primarily nocturnal, Sun Bears will feed on fruit, small rodents, lizards and insects.

Built in Protection…

Despite being the smallest of all the bears, the Sun Bear is probably the most aggressive, and will attack without provocation. Unlike other bears, the Sun Bears fur is short and sleek to avoid overheating in the tropical weather but thick and coarse to provide protection from twigs, branches and rain. The loose skin around its neck serves as protection from predators. If grabbed from behind, the bear can wriggle its body inside its skin, far enough to turn around and bite back!

Did you know?
Sun bears carry their young while walking on their hind legs

A Sun Bears tongue can protrude up to 25cm which comes in handy for getting at honey and insects inside trees and other tight places.

These bears never hibernate as their food is available all year round.

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The Sun Bear is the smallest of the world’s eight bear species, averaging at 1.2 metres in length and weighing up to 64 kilos.  Its name comes from the crescent marking on its chest which can be yellow, orange or white and is said to look very similar to the rising sun.
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Opposite Otters and near the Catwalk
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Fruit, small rodents, lizards and insects
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