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As mentioned in my yesterday's post, two different species of bear can be found at Khao Kheow Open Zoo here in Thailand, and this is the other one: a Malayan Sun Bear also known as the Honey Bear. Like the Asiatic Black Bear, sadly this specie's status is also listed as Vulnerable in the wild, although populations can still be found in tropical, dense, lowland rainforests of North-East India, Bangladesh, Southern China, and in a number of other Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, mainland Malaysia, and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.

The Sun Bear is the smallest member of the bear family (Ursidae), and its respective given names relate to the perceived golden tones of its face and muzzle as well as the fact that it possesses a long, slender tongue that serves as a very useful tool for extracting honey from beehives.

My choice of title will perhaps make a little more sense if I add that I captured this image just after midday, and the subject seemed somewhat burned out from the sweltering heat and decided the best thing to do was sleep through it, though evidently aware of my temporary presence, also decided to do so with one eye open!
Wishing you all a fantastic week ahead :^)

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