Behaviour: Sloth bears usually sleep during day time and hunt at night. They are
very fond of termites and honey. It digs up 3- 4 ft deep at the base of termite
mound leaving an indication of its presence in a particular area. The sloth bear
travels a long distance in search of food. They do not have winter dormancy
periods, though sloth bears shelter in dens for seclusion and protection.
Life span: It may live as long as 40 years in captivity.
Feeding: The natural food of sloth bear consists of fruits, insects, termites, honey, sugarcane, grubs, eggs, carrion, flowers, ants, beetles, tubers, roots, and berries. The jam un, amaltas and ber are the favourite fruits in the forests. In the wild, sloth bear breaks the termite nests with powerful claws and draws out the termites by sucking action of the lips and protrusion of the long tongue. They are fond of sugarcane. It also likes mohua flower (Maduca latifolia). Sloth bear can be maintained on captive dietary ingredients that include raw horse meat, milk, honey, bread, banana, apple, boiled rice and a mixture of ground raw meat, dog meal, fine bone.