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Sloth Bear

Melursus ursinus


A Sloth Bear momma with super cute cubs riding piggyback.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Haha, Very cool!

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Cool Mom and supercute babies..SOTD? Yeh toh hona hee tha! Congratulations.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago


What a great shot Vipul,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks for visiting us Vipul! We love your spottings. As mentioned by Ava we would love some notes and stories from you. Luckily this one had been pipelined for Spotting of the Day. Congratulations!

"Take a ride on a sloth bear in our Spotting of the Day! Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) are solitary creatures, with the exception of mothers with cubs. Female sloth bears typically give birth to two cubs which they carry on their back until they are about six months old, likely as a precaution against predators. Cubs cling to their mother's shaggy fur even as she is digging a termite nest, running or climbing a tree. Cubs have been observed to always keep the same riding position, with one riding near the neck and the other near the rumps. Found on the Indian subcontinent in a variety of habitats, the sloth bear is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and is listed on Appendix I of CITES".



Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago

Vipul, please add some notes about this spotting so I can nominate it for spotting of the week!

Tukup a year ago

Cool. The strangest looking of all bears. As IUCN Red List has them listed as "vulnerable," it is especially good to see mom out for a walk with the two kids. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Incredible shot Vipul. Thanks for the smile. !!

Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jun 6, 2017
Submitted on Feb 6, 2019

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