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( Originally Published Early 1900's )

In the Malay Peninsula is found a small bear with a broad flat head, a little nose, and long curved claws.

Its fur is very short and coarse, and is mostly black, although tending to brown in some parts; the muzzle is paler, or whitish, and the light band on the chest varies from white to orange, and sometimes extends as a streak on to the under part of the body. The length of the head and body is about four feet and never exceeds 4 feet. The female is only 3 1/2 feet, and weighs about 60 pounds. This species is found not only in the Malay Peninsula, but in the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Borneo, and also extends through Burma into the Garo Hills in Northeastern India. Of its habits little is known except in captivity. It is a purely forest animal, and an admirable climber. It lives on fruits and berries, but like other bears occasionally kills and eats mammals and birds. It is said to be very fond of honey, and it probably devours insects and larvae. When caught young, it is generally easily tamed, and is usually gentle and amusing when in captivity.

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