Originally uploaded by Jo Bradford.
(An archive shot from my Sloth Bear film and photostory)
Being this close to those claws sets your pulse racing, but I felt confident in our proximity as I know this big guy was pretty relaxed. When a sloth bear is content, particularly after a meal, it will lay down somewhere quiet, and start to knit its claws together and snuffle into it's paws. Soon it's starts to make a soothing repetitive sound, known as Bear Song, rather like a lullaby, it is believed to aid the bears digestive process.