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Himalayan Black Bear

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

With the black bear of the Himalaya we come to a very different animal, readily recognized by the white chevron or inverted crescent on the chest, from which it takes its scientific title, and which stands out in marked contrast to the jetty black of the remainder of the fur. This species does not attain by any means such large dimensions as the brown or grizzly bear; the length from the tip of the snout to the root of the tail usually averaging from about 4 3/4 to 5 1/2 feet, although one specimen has been recorded measuring 6 feet 5 inches.

The fur is very different to that of either of the three preceding species, being short and smooth, without any under fur, and becoming very thin in summer. In winter the hair on the shoulders becomes considerably elogated, so as to produce the appearance of a kind of hump. The ears are relatively large, and covered with rather long hair. In addition to the white mark on the chest, the chin is also white; while the upper lip may be whitish and the nose reddish brown. A broad skull, short muzzle d short black claws complete the description.

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