HONEY? I’VE GOT THIS LICKED
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