Ursus thibetanus is a medium-sized species of bear seen across the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Taiwan, Korea, northeastern China, the Russian far east and Japan. In Hindu mythology, the Asian black bear Jambavan assists Rama in finding his wife Sita and battle her abductor, Ravana. In Japanese culture, the black bear is traditionally associated with the mountain spirit. It is a vulnerable species, mostly due to deforestation and hunting for its body parts. Asiatic black bear is the species most commonly kept in cruel captivity conditions to harvest bile, a digestive juice produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder in China and South Korea. The bears’ bile is a valuable commodity for sale as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. It is also the species most used in bear baiting, a cruel blood sport still visible in Pakistan. Dancing bears are kept by itinerants to perform in villages and festivals. That individual was seen in Sofyiski zoopark (Зоопаркът София), Lozenets. Source : wiki; wspa.org.uk; youtube
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pajaran (44294) 2014-02-11 5:37
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o medvedu, sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazan medved, lepe boje.
U Srbiji ima mrki medved, zakonom je zasticen.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the bear, with a description ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely demonstrated the bear, beautiful colors.
In Serbia, a brown bear, is protected by law.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Subhogen (3138) 2014-02-11 6:11
Nice view of healthy Asian Black Bear with its black coat. I have seen one of these bears in a jungle near the Sikkim and West Bengal border. Real scary experience. It was huge. Good for me I had time to get back to my car. Here the bear seems to be camera shy :-) Thanks for sharing a nice photo.
emilbo (21954) 2014-02-11 6:35
Excellente prise et cet ours noir est vraiment magnifique avec son beau col de fourrure. Il a beau paraître gentil mais je ne lui ferais pas confiance. Belle lumière et bons détails de la fourrure.
Tous mes compliments,
ikeharel (46914) 2014-02-11 9:26
The bear looks no more than a friendly animal, Miguel, but hope you did not encounter him while stroll in the forest, like the fairy-tales tell...
Great black fur, lavish in texture and he doe's look fit. cared well in the zoo.
Nice picture applied.
danos (80248) 2014-02-11 11:06
nice the viwe of the black medium size bear in his place in the zoo in Sofia.I like its good placement in the frame as the clarity of the scene.
marina7 (7781) 2014-02-11 11:47
he doesn't like you, I can see it in his eyes:))
Hope you had no sudden desire to pat him like one of our zoo workers whose hand was bitten off by a lion...
Nice dark portrait:)
Tvoi russkiy uzhe luchshe moego:))
jmdias (49653) 2014-02-11 15:35
nice view of this big animal. I liked the contrast of the black against the straw. nice image even under a strong light.
fabbs99 (13447) 2014-02-11 19:22
Great close up shot of the beast.Sharp and crisp image.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
Nicou (109607) 2014-02-12 1:10
fantastique compo et vue de cet ours sueprbe tout noir le beau pelage dan ces herbes sèche quelle compo sueprbe animal et vue.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (109205) 2014-02-12 10:14
Ciao Miguel, great capture of beautiful bear in nice pose, splendid sharoness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
imageme (797) 2014-02-12 19:17
Hi Gueguen Miguel, Great captured moment of this Asian black bear. Super POV and I like the huge grey stone in the BG. This bear seems very heavy and his movement is very sticky. Good light and perspective. I hope he/she would not be a target of medicine since his/her palms are believed have magic health healing of some kind of sickness. Thank for sharing
adramad (32821) 2014-02-14 7:28
Una nota esplendida, que nos introduce a conocer un poco mas sobre este animal, que por lo que veo, tiene un mal futuro, al menos este que muestra la imagen, estará bien cuidado en el zoológico.
Es una magnifica composición, que nos lo muestra con detalle y buenas texturas.
Magnífica luminosidad y nitidez.
Disfruta de un buen fin de semana.