These bears have been used as performing pets due to their tameable nature.
Fischer called it Chondrorhynchus hirsutus, while Tiedemann called it Ursus longirostris.
Sloth bears may have reached their current form in the early Pleistocene, the time when the bear family specialized and dispersed.
A fragment of fossilized humerus from the Pleistocene, found in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool Basin is identical to the humerus of a modern sloth 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.