The Dog Bear
Legend has it that the bib-shaped patch on the sun bear's chest is representative of the rising sun. The beautiful sun bear is the smallest member of the bear family, and calls the lowland forests of Southeast Asia home. The sun bear is a reclusive sort that can be found in Southern China, Eastern India, and in some parts of Indonesia, and is also known as the Malayan sun bear or the "dog bear" (because of the bear's stocky build, short muzzle, and small ears). The sun bear has a sleek black coat that allows it to avoid overheating in its tropical habitat. The sun bear is only about half the size of its American black bear cousin, with the male sun bear being slightly larger than the female. Most sun bears weigh around 150 lbs (68 kg) and are about five feet (1.5 m) tall.