Asiatic black bear


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Asiatic black bear eating appleAsiatic black bears are medium sized black bears with a distinct white patch on their chests and have a white spot on their chins. Because of this on their chests people in Asia sometimes call them Moon bears.

Their ears are good to help them be spotted (it helped me and my mum work out who was who) because they are bigger than any other bears ears.


They grow to 130 to 190 centimetres long and can weigh 100 to 200 kilograms. The females are a lot smaller.


They live in forested areas and hill spots of southern Asia Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma, north-eastern China, south-eastern Russia, Taiwan, and on the Japanese islands of Shikoku and Honshu. They probably donít hibernate at winter time.

Asiatic black bearCubs

The cubs are born at different times of the year in different countries. They stay with their mums for two or three years. Sometimes the mother bears can be seen with cubs of different ages.


Asiatic black bears like to eat fruits, berries, insects, invertebrates and small vertebrates and carrion.

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