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Asian Black Bear

Scientific name: Ursus thibetanus

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The Asian black bear - Ursus thibetanus

The Asian black bear - Ursus thibetanus

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Asian black bears (Ursus thibetanus) are medium-sized bears that inhabit parts of southeast Asia and the Russian Far East. Asian black bears have a patch of yellowish-white fur on their chest and a black body. They resemble American black bears in body shape and behavior. Asian black bears feed on a variety of plant materials including bamboo shoots, leaves, herbs, grasses, fruits and nuts.

Asian black bears are omnivores. Their diet includes nuts, fruits, bamboo shoots, leaves, grasses, herbs, insects and grubs.

Size and Weight:

About 4¼-6¼ feet long and 220-440 pounds

Asian black bears inhabit a range that extends through parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Vietnam, China and Thailand. Asian black bears live in forest and mountains habitats at elevations as high as 11,000 feet.

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