Fine art illustration of a Sloth Bear. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The Sloth Bear was completed on 11.29.2013. This is the last of extant bear species - not including any sub-species, which I might draw at some point. I'm sad to "complete" a species, but I always know there's never going to be any shortage of animals to draw. This drawing will be part of a collage of bears I'll be putting together shortly. This drawing was based on a photo by Valerie (you can see her Flickr Photostream here
The Sloth Bear - also called the the Stickney bear or labiated bear - is a nocturnal insectivorous species of bears found wild within 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 as 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. Sloth bears sometimes attack humans who encroach on their territories. Historically, humans have drastically reduced their habitat and diminished their population by hunting them for food and products such as their bacula and claws. These bears have been used as performing pets due to their tameable nature.