What are Baloo’s real life bear necessities?

Bare necessities: Sloth bears have an incredibly varied diet made up of Mother Nature’s recipes

 

1. Termites

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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.

2. Ants

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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.

3. Honey

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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

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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.

5. Fruit

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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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