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Sloth Bear

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The fossil record of the sloth bear is practically non-existing, leaving no evolutionary trail. I wonder if he is more closely related to the sun bear, the black bears, the brown bear, or the Andes bear? Could not a study of his dna give us some answers?   
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I don't think I've read anything about this, so I wouldn't know how to answer this.

That said, would you mind posting Sloth bear's pics here if we find some?
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I would love to see sloth bear pictures and what information can be found. 
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Sloth bear : The 4th .. I will remember this evening,... had this one crossing the road on our way to see Maya's cub 31, after witnessing an amazing event of a female leopard being chased by mom sambar and her daughter.... The last safari............. when everything seemed dried up... — at Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve.

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Sloth bear and jungle fowl on a mystic morning at Tadoba... View full screen and spot jungle fowl — at Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve.

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Pic credits to Swapnil Dabhade

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Pic credits to Sagar Morey

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Swapnil Dabhade:
Sloth Bear with cubs 

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Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature & Wildlife Photography:
Sloth Bear @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka

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Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Did you know Baloo in the Jungle Book is a sloth bear? Just like Baloo, our sloth bear dad François is playful and social. Born at the National Zoo in 1991, he enjoys interacting with our keepers and sitting Buddha-style in his exhibit on Asia Trail. This 260-pound sloth bear is the father to both of our cubs Hank and Remi. As in the wild, François does not play a role in rearing his cubs. With less than 10,000 left in the wild, sloth bears are considered vulnerable on the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Animals. As a point of context, there are 10,000 black bears in the state of Virginia alone. ‪#‎WeSaveSpecies‬

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Baloo...a picture from the Jungle Book smile emoticon

Blue hour | Sloth Bear | Outskirts of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.


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Sloth bear in Kahna

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Sloth Bear, Kanha. — in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh, India.

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Sloth Bear at Kosikanal Area
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Sloth Bear, Tadoba - April 2016

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According to some, including pckts who posted this ( above post #8 )... Did you know Baloo in the Jungle Book is a sloth bear?  ...They say this because it is the sloth bear which lives in the jungles of India. Even Walt Disney ( who is notorious for rewriting other people's stories ) made Baloo a sloth bear in his last animated movie. However, the bear named Baloo in the actual books by Rudyard Kipling was a brown bear. In the 2016 Disney version, Baloo is paterned after the Himalayan brown bear; although Bagheera clearly calls him a sloth bear. Perhaps, the black panther was being sarcastic as sloth means lazy... ?  
  

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( This post was last modified: 05-04-2016, 02:47 AM by Pckts )

Instead of appreciating the images you post this?


"The true identity of Kipling’s “sleepy brown bear” is a bit of an enigma: Baloo’s physical description in the book would suggest a sloth bear, but his diet of nuts and honey runs counter to that species’ insect-eating preferences. Baloo’s name, which simply means “bear” in Hindustani, lends no additional clues.
“The problem is that The Jungle Book is fiction, and all of Kipling’s characters are a mixture of imaginary types and real animals, so it’s impossible to know the species for sure,” says Kaori Nagai, a Kipling scholar at the University of Kent. But Kipling did use 19th-century naturalists’ writings while crafting the book, and one of his sources was an 1884 natural history text that notes that the common Indian sloth bear is “as a rule vegetarian.” Given that sloth bears tend to sleep a lot during the day and can be found throughout India, most scholars agree that Baloo likely fits this label. And Disney's 1967 animated movie has Baloo teaching Mowgli to eat ants.
Sloth bears, which are found only in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India, are currently listed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN, but they “are quite widespread and safe in India in terms of conservation, although they are under some pressure from trade for their gallbladders,” says Ullas Karanth, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s India program. The bears are also abundant in many reserves in India, he adds, “where they are especially adapted to eating termites—and fond of honey.”

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And of course in Disneys newest Movie, Baloo is a sloth bear. Not by appearance but by specification.  Just like the "indian" wolves that look like tundra wolves and the Gigantopithecus that looks like an orangutan.
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( This post was last modified: 05-04-2016, 01:57 AM by brotherbear )

In the actual books, Rudyard Kipling made it clear that Baloo is a brown bear. We must remember that Mr. Kipling was a story teller and not a naturalist. While there are brown bears in India, they live in the Himalayan Mountains and not in the jungle. For this reason, it is the opinion of many that Baloo should be considered a sloth bear even though he was not a sloth bear in the classic books. 
Walt Disney decided on making him a sloth bear in what was to be Mr. Disney's last animated movie project. So, we are left with the Disney version and the original from the novels. Quotes from the novel include: "Then the only other creature who is allowed at the Pack Council - Baloo, the sleepy brown bear who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle" ...  It was in the days when Baloo was teaching him the Law of the Jungle. The big, serious, old brown bear was delighted to have so quick a pupil...  "Fool that I am! Oh, fat, brown, root-digging fool that I am," 
http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Baloo  ( quote ): Baloo appeares in the live-action 2016 film, voiced by Bill Murray. In this version, he is depicted as a Himalayan Brown Bear (though in the film he is clearly stated to be a Sloth Bear by Bagheera).   
 
This last quote is of the 2016 movie. The words of Bagheera were obviously sarcasm. Sloth is a word meaning "lazy" and it was perhaps a sly reference to Disney's animated version. However, why would Jon Favreau use a Himalayan brown bear as the model for Baloo if the bear was supposed to be a sloth bear? That would be like using a lion as the model for Shere Khan. 
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A word of advice. 

Don't start it all over again, please. You already had this discussion in the other thread, there's no point in bringing it up again, you won't win anything from it.

Don't mention it again, just let it go, at least for the sake of the forum.
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(05-04-2016, 02:11 AM)Majingilane Wrote: A word of advice. 

Don't start it all over again, please. You already had this discussion in the other thread, there's no point in bringing it up again, you won't win anything from it.

Don't mention it again, just let it go, at least for the sake of the forum.

I had already made that decision Majingilane. Besides, I have said enough. A picture is worth a thousand words.   Happy
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The sloth bear is a small to medium sized bear. A mature male rarely tops 300 pounds ( 136 kg ) yet these shaggy black bears have been known to stand their ground against the world's biggest cats. 
                                  
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Sloth Bear at Kosikanal Area
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Just a different photograph of sloth bear... Hind leg of sloth bear resembles as human footprints...

Satpuda sloth bear reserve/ Tiger reserve


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Sloth bear
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May 2016

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Sloth Bear at Mohurli Range
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Sloth Bear - A Rare Find From the Indian Forests
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
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