By Josie June 8th, 2023
The Asiatic Black Bear stands apart from its other bear cousins and has played a significant role in Japanese and Chinese culture.
Despite their name, these bears can also have brown fur.
It is their v-shaped white patch on their chest that truly makes them stand out.
These bears prefer woodland areas with dense vegetation and access to water sources, such as streams or rivers.
During the summer, they consume various plants and insects, while in the winter, their diet primarily comprises nuts and fruits.
Recently, their populations has declined and according to the IUCN they're a vulnerable species.
Their population is declining due to habitat loss and they also fall victim to illegal hunting for their valuable body parts.
According to Japanese folklore, the asiatic black bear possesses supernatural abilities and is associated with various gods and spirits.
In Chinese culture, the black bear, known as “heixiong” or “wuxiong,” is seen as a symbol of strength, power, and tenacity.