Balochistan Black Bear (Scientific name: Ursus thibetanus) (5/10)

Also known as Pakistan black bear, this is actually a sub species of the Asian black bear. They are usually present in Balochistan Mountains – Takht-e-Sulaiman and Toba Kakar, and Kalat, and Ziarat. Although ferocious as any bear, this sub-species has a lovely crescent-shaped mark on its chest, giving it the title of ‘moon bear’ as well. Another adorable feature of moon bears is their love for bananas, even though they can happily settle for Indian olives as well. Deforestation and loss of their natural habitat have now put them on the verge of vanishing from our country. The hunting practices by circus professionals as well practitioners of Chinese medicine are taking further toll on their already reduced numbers.

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