Asiatic black bearUrsus thibetanusalso called Himalayan bear, Tibetan bearor moon bearmember of the bear family Ursidae found in the HimalayasSoutheast Asiaand parts of eastern Asia, including Japan. The Asiatic black bear is omnivorouseating insectsfruitnutsbeehives, small mammalsand birdsas well as carrion. It will occasionally attack domestic animals.
The Asiatic black bear is a bear of medium to large size with a large rounded head and small eyes. It has large ears which are farther apart than those of an American black bear. Its body is heavy, and its legs are strong and thick with broad paws.
Widespread hunting and loss of habitat pose a serious threat to this bear. As a result, populations have declined across its range. The species was described by Rudyard Kipling as "the most bizarre of the ursine species".
Asiatic black bear in Darjeeling Zoo, India captive Mopop. Asiatic black bears are found in the forests of Eastern Asia from Afghanistan to Taiwan and Japan, particularly in hilly and mountainous terrain. Bears hibernate at the northern extent of their range but further south migrate to warmer areas in winter.
The area around the 4-km-wide 2. Although there have been some testimonies by soldiers who said they saw Asian black bears inside DMZ, it is the first time that an image of the animal had been captured in the area, it added. It was a juvenile estimated to be eight or nine months old and weighing about kilograms poundsthe National Institute of Ecology said, and was presumed to be living in the DMZ with its parents.
All rights reserved. This week, news of a family in China who had allegedly thought they had adopted a Tibetan mastiff was circulating after it was revealed that the dog was, in fact, an Asiatic black bear. Perhaps surprisingly, this sort of mix-up happens fairly often.
It is classed by the IUCN as a vulnerable species, mostly due to deforestation and active hunting for its body parts. The species is morphologically very similar to some prehistoric bears, and is thought by some scientists to be the ancestor of other extant bear species. Though largely herbivorous, Asian black bears can be very aggressive toward humans, and have frequently attacked people without provocation.
The Asian black bear Ursus thibetanuspreviously known as Selenarctos thibetanusalso known as the moon bear and the white-chested bearis a medium-sized bear species native to Asia and largely adapted to arboreal life. It is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCNmostly because of deforestation and hunting for its body parts. The species is morphologically very similar to some prehistoric bears, and is thought by some scientists to be the ancestor of other extant bear species aside from pandas and spectacled bears.
Fossil records and historical data indicate that at one time there may have been hundreds of bear species worldwide, on all continents except Antarctica and Australia. Below you will find a photo and a brief description of each of the other seven species. For additional information, see the Additional Reading page.