Asian black bear

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The Asian black bear, also called asiatic black bear, white chested bear or himalayan black bear, (Ursus thibetanus or Selenarctos thibetanus) is a medium-sized, sharp-clawed, black-colored bear with a distinctive white or cream "V" marking on its chest. It is also known as the Asiatic black bear, Tibetan black bear, the Himalayan black bear, or the Moon bear.

It is a close relative of the American black bear with which it is thought to share a European common ancestor.[1] It is called 반달가슴곰 (bandalgaseumgom) in Korean. Both American and Asiatic species are thought of as sister taxa. They are more closely related to one another than any other species of bear.[2]Asian black bears are omnivores. They eat berries, fruit, honey, insects, rodents, rabbits, carrion, nuts and even deer, buffalo and wild boar. Asian black bears have a few enemies. Predators including tigers, leopards, brown bears, jackals, wolves and dholes.

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  1. Macdonald, David (1984). The Encyclopedia of Mammals: 1. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 446. ISBN 0-04-500028-X.
  2. Bears of the World by Lance Craighead, Publisher: Voyageur Press, 2003, ISBN 0-89658-008-3, 9780896580084, 132 pages