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I've heard that the Sun Bear has the highest brain size/body size ratio among the bears.

Ursus posted some data on this on the old Carnivora forums; I'll try to dig for the data. (Where is he these days?)

The polar bear comes second place, and smaller brown bears come tied with black bears and panda bears at third place.
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(06-13-2016, 03:36 AM)Polar Wrote: I've heard that the Sun Bear has the highest brain size/body size ratio among the bears.

Ursus posted some data on this on the old Carnivora forums; I'll try to dig for the data. (Where is he these days?)

The polar bear comes second place, and smaller brown bears come tied with black bears and panda bears at third place.

No, I didn't know about that. But, I have read that the sun bear has the longest canines and the longest and most deeply-curved claws of any bear per-size.
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"Our camera traps spotted a #sunbear in #Malysian #Sabah, a species that is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. #endangeredspecies #wildlife"

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http://shaggygod.proboards.com/  
 
While nearly all animals have a particular area which they frequent-as the low coast region, the plateaus of these tropical lands, or the higher parts of the mountains-the rhinoceros lives indifferently anywhere between the sea-shores and the tops of the highest peaks. This species has two " horns," the first being the longer and more sharply pointed, but the Java species has only one. The natives here know nothing of the frequent combats between these animals and elephants, that are so frequently pictured in popular works on natural history. The Resident has, however, told me of a combat between two other rivals of these forests that is more remarkable. When he was controleur at a small post, a short distance north of this place, a native came to him one morning, and asked, if he should find a dead tiger and bring its head, whether he would receive the usual bounty given by the government. The Resident assured him that he would, and the native then explained that there had evidently been a battle between two tigers in the woods, near his kampong, for all had heard their howls and cries, and they were fighting so long that, he had no doubt, one was left dead on the spot. A party at once began a hunt for the expected prize, and soon they found the battle had not been between two tigers, as they had supposed, but between a tiger and a bear, and that both were dead. The bear was still hugging the tiger, and the tiger had reached round, and fastened his teeth in the side of the bear's neck. The natives then gathered some rattan, wound it round them, just as they were, strung them to a long bamboo, and brought them to the office of the Resident, who gave a full account of this strange combat in his next official report.
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http://www.planetozkids.com/oban/animals...dators.htm 
 
Even though Sun Bears are shy, the adults can be fierce if attacked and they have strong paws and jaws, and big teeth.

They are hunted by Leopards, Cloudy Leopards, Tigers and large Reticulated Pythons.

Sometimes Sun Bears are attacked by other bears, especially the Asiatic Black Bear if the two species are in the same territory.


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Sun Bears have loose, wrinkly skin around their head and neck.


If they are grabbed or bitten around the neck by another animal they can turn round in their skin and bite back at their attacker.

Scientists still have a lot of research to do about Sun Bears, but we do know that the number of bears living in the wild is dropping quickly. There are several reasons for this.

Around the world humans keep cutting down trees and clearing rainforests to plant crops like cocoa, palm oil and bananas, and to build houses.
 
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habitat is shrinking, and the bears are hunted when they damage crops looking for food.
 
People also hunt them for their fur and gallbladders, which are used in Chinese medicine. Poachers (illegal hunters) can make a lot of money selling these body parts.

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Sun Bear mothers are often killed so their cubs can be taken as pets. People think because they are small and shy, they will make good pets. Often this is not so, and as the cubs grow up they can become bad tempered and aggressive, and then they too are killed.

Because the bears live in remote places and are so shy around people in the wild, scientists do not have enough information to know if they are in danger of becoming extinct.
The Sun Bear has been listed as vulnerable on the international list of threatened species. This means the animal may be in danger of extinction, but we do not have enough information to know for sure.
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(03-15-2018, 07:33 PM)brotherbear Wrote: Sun Bears have loose, wrinkly skin around their head and neck.

If they are grabbed or bitten around the neck by another animal they can turn round in their skin and bite back at their attacker.

Because of this loose skin around the neck is quite possible that sun bear has the "highest combat capability per every kg body eight" or "highest combat capability per pound" among all bear family. Its a dwarf-warrior or warrior-dwarf...

Using same combat strategy of loose, flexible neck's skin, 2 millennia ago Ancient Greeks, Romans etc. created molossus fighting dogs and later British created Mastiff dog:








Have you seen this video? The eyes of Sumatran tiger are burning from 7-8 meters behind but it can't decide to displace a sun bear from the carcass (second part of the video):




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http://www.pawculture.com/breed-basics/d...-shar-pei/ 
 
Soon after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, many records about the breed’s background were lost during the social upheaval. It is known that the breed was used by peasant farmers as a working dog, and later served as a wild boar hunter, a property guard dog, and a fighting dog. 
 
*I believe that, like the bulldog, the modern Shar-pei is much different from its ancient Chinese ancestors. He was the "pit bull" of old China. In this I am referring to, here in the South, pit bulls are used for wild hog hunting and for illegal dog fighting. The loose skin of the shar-pei was a great advantage is both "sports". This trait is certainly a great advantage to the little sun bear. 
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http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/ca...r_sun.html 
 
Main Characteristics


The Sun Bear is the smallest species of bear. Their body length is 1.1 - 1.4 m (3.5 - 4.5 ft), their tail length is not recorded and they weigh 50 - 60 Kgs (110 - 145 lbs).

They have poor eye sight but a good sense of smell which they use to detect food. They have an extremely long tongue which measures between 20 and 25 cms (8 - 10 inches) long.

Sun Bears have short black or dark brown water repellent fur that covers their whole body except for a yellow/orange crescent shape on their chest. They have flexible snouts and relatively, the largest canines of all the bear species. They have large, strong paws with naked soles and long, lightweight, sickle shaped claws.

Sun Bears have loose skin which enables them to turn around and defend themselves against predators. They are very aggressive bears, probably the most aggressive, and they will attack without being provoked.

Habitat

Sun Bears inhabit the lowland tropical forests of South East Asia. They are excellent climbers and they spend a large amount of their time in the trees.

Sun Bears are thought to be solitary except those with cubs, however they have been spotted in pairs.

Diet

Sun Bears are omnivores and their diet mainly consists of lizards, birds, fruits, eggs, termites, berries, young tips of palm trees, insects, roots, nests of bees, cocoa and coconuts.

They use their front paws to break open trees in search of insects or sap, their long tongue to get at honey and their strong jaws to crack open coconuts.


Breeding

After a gestation period of approximately 96 days a Sun Bear will give birth to 1 - 2 cubs on the forest floor. At birth the cubs will weigh between 280 and 340 g (10 - 12 oz) and they will be blind and helpless.

The cubs will be walking about by the time they reach 2 months old and they will be weaned at 4 months. They will stay with their mother until they are aged between 18 months and 2 years so they can learn how to survive.

Sun Bears reach sexual maturity when they are between 3 and 4 years old and as they don't hibernate, they reproduce all year round. They have been spotted living pairs which has lead to speculation that Sun Bears could be monogamous.

[b]Predators[/b]

Predators of the Sun Bear are humans and large felines such as tigers.
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Taken from the book Bears of the World (Paul Ward &a Suzanne Kynaston)

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Book Carnivores of the World - Luke Hunter Illustrated by Priscilla Barrett

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Book Bears of the World - Lance Craighead

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