Bare necessities: Sloth bears have an incredibly varied diet made up of Mother Nature’s recipes
Termites are possibly the sloth bear’s favourite food. They eat so many of the insects that they have developed a thick coat, even in the hot climate, to prevent being bitten.
Compared to other creatures, sloth bears have an incredibly sensitive sense of smell and can sniff out ant nests hidden below the soil and concealed beneath rocks.
It’s not uncommon to see a bear clambering up a tree in search of honey. They will knock down a honeycomb and then enjoy it on the ground.
4. Insect larvae
Insect larvae make for a quick, easy, and nutrient-dense meal. Unlike the ants and termites, the tasty larvae are unable to put up a fight and bite back.
Mangoes and figs are firm favourites. By eating a wide variety of fruits and berries, it means times of scarcity are rare and there is always something for a sloth bear to feast on.
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