Schleich Sloth Bear Figurine. The sloth bear Melursus ursinus, also known as the labiated bear, is a nocturnal insectivorous bear species native to the Indian subcontinent. The sloth bear evolved from ancestral brown bears during the Pleistocene and shares features found in insect-eating mammals through convergent evolution. The population isolated in Sri Lanka is considered a subspecies. Unlike brown and black bears, sloth bears have lankier builds, long, shaggy coats that form a mane around the face, long, sickle-shaped claws and a specially adapted lower lip and palate used for sucking insects. Sloth bears breed during spring and early summer and give birth near the beginning of winter. They feed on termites, honeybee colonies and fruits. Sloth bears sometimes attack humans who encroach on their territories. Historically, humans have drastically reduced their habitat and diminished their population by hunting them for food and products such as their bacula and claws. These bears have been used as performing pets due to their tameable nature. The sloth bear is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to habitat loss and poaching. The Schleich Sloth Bear Figurine Features: Educational quality toy Hand painted Wild life franchise Bear Schleich animal play worlds are a true reflection of nature on a smaller scale and are as realistic and naturalistic as possible! All Schleich designs are created in house with the majority of production taking place at the company's German headquarters. Schleich products are developed with the assistance of parents, teachers and children and are designed for children's small hands. Find Schliech products right here at Toys R Us! Toys > Category > Games, Puzzles, Boutique Toys > Boutique Toys > Schleich > Wild Life. Toys & Games > Puzzles.
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