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HIMALAYAN ANIMALS SERIES -1(IMAGES OF WILD ANIMALS FROM DARJEELING ZOO - FIRST IN A SERIES OF 5 IMAGES).

SOME TIDBITS ABOUT THE HIMALAYAN BLACK BEAR.

The Himalayan Black Bear (Selenarctos thibetanus) is a large yet compact of all three bear species found in India. It can reach a length of 5-6 ft and when standing it can be a formidable sight and foe to tackle with. It has a smooth black shining coat than the sloth bear and has a distinct V shaped mark on the breast.

In India it is found right from Kashmir till Assam in the Himalayan ranges from a height of 5000 ft till 12,000 ft. In winters it tends to come down lower in the valleys to look for food in the maze and corn fields and in summers it goes higher in the mountains to look for the berries, nuts, pears, apricots and the honey. Insects and termites makes for its staple diet. Himalayan Black Bear is very aggressive by nature and can attack without any provocation. It has been observed to kill goats, sheeps and occasionally small mules of the villagers and the herdsman. During the winters when it comes down from the hills to look for maize and corn the maximum number of man/animal conflict happens.

The breeding in Himalayan Black Bear takes place usually in autumn and the cubs are born at the end of winters or early spring. Generally 2-3 cubs are born in one litter.

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