Sloth Bear that was captured and smuggled from Nepal was brought back. Sloths Bears are currently in the endangered species list.
Indian Sloth Bear Brought To Freedom
Sloths Bears are currently and have been on the endangered list for quite some time. Because of this, it is good to report that an indian sloth bear that was smuggled out of his natural habitat has been returned to its own hunting grounds.
Sometime last December of 2017, this bear sloth name Rangila and its sloth partner Sridevi were seen on the Indo Nepal area. Smugglers captured the pair of sloth bears and took them to Nepal. Thankfully the sloths were re-captured by the authorities and taken to a temporary shelter in Kathmandu Zoo while arrangements were made to return them to their natural habitat.
Sadly though Sridevi died in the process while leaving behind its partner Rangila.
It took seven months to get Rangila back home to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility where he will have long-term medical attention gearing towards the total rehabilitation from his ordeal.
What is a Sloth Bear
What is a sloth bear, in case you did not know a sloth bear according to Wikipedia is “bear sloth (Melursus ursinus), also known as the labiated bear, is an insectivorous bear species native to the Indian subcontinent“. Sloth bears are skinnier than normal bears. They have long very shaggy coats that tend to form into a mane. Long, sickle-shaped claws and a uniquely adapted lower lip used for sucking insects.
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Sloth Bear Facts
Below are some cool sloth bear facts that you may not have known.
- Sloth bears breeding season is during spring and early summer.
- They give birth near the beginning of winter.
- They feed on honeybee colonies, termites, and fruits.
- Sloth bears may sometimes attack humans if their habitat is threatened.
- Humans have drastically reduced the sloth bears habitat and diminished their population by hunting them for food.
- Many of these types of sloths bears were used as performing pers because they are very tame.
- The sloth bear is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, mainly because of habitat loss.
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