Claws and contentment

Tuesday, 13 October 2009 | |

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.