Back in February, ZooBorns featured news of the birth of ‘Niko’, the Sloth Bear cub, at NaturZoo Rheine. The young guy is now on public display in the Zoo’s outdoor exhibit, and he is enjoying one of the perks of.
Sloth bear: "This animal is the celebrated Baloo from Kipling's Jungle Book. But it is hardly your typical bear, being a smallish and mostly nocturnal insect eater. Early explorers coined the name, having seen it lying upside down in the trees.
The sloth bear is thought to have evolved early in the Pleistocene Epoch (approximately years ago). There are 2 subspecies: The Indian sloth bear Melursus ursinus ursinus and the Sri Lankan sloth bear Melursus ursinus inornatus.