HONEY? I’VE GOT THIS LICKED

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

YES, bears re­ally do like honey. This im­age cap­tured by The Sun­day

Times shows one of Perth Zoo’s sun bears, Jam­ran, reach­ing up with his long tongue to get the sweet treat.

Sun bears have very long tongues that can pro­trude up to 25cm. They use them to ex­tract grubs, honey and other food from holes and crevices.

Jam­ran and fe­male Bopha came to Perth Zoo af­ter be­ing res­cued by lo­cal pro­tec­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion Free the Bears. Jam­ran was found hog-tied out­side a Cam­bo­dian restau­rant, des­tined to be used as the main in­gre­di­ent in bear paw soup.

Bopha was be­ing kept il­le­gally as a pet by a rich fam­ily.

Such is the re­la­tion­ship between the bears and keep­ers that Jam­ran and Bopha present their claws for trim­ming and even have been taught to open their mouths and present their teeth for clean­ing.

This year marks a 10-year as­so­ci­a­tion between Perth Zoo and Free the Bears.

Sweet­ness: The re­flec­tion of a child who is trans­fixed as Jam­ran licks honey from an en­clo­sure win­dow. Pic­ture: Daniel Wilkins

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