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A Sloth Bear Kills a Couple and Feasts for Hours on Their Remains

In India, a sloth bear murdered a man and woman before feeding for hours on their corpses.

Authorities said the incident happened on Sunday as the couple went back from a shrine in a natural reserve.

Mukesh Rai, 43, and his wife Gudiya, 39, were traveling through a forest in Panna, a region of central Indian state Madhya Pradesh, on their way home from Khermai shrine when they came upon a sloth bear.

The incident took at about 6:30 a.m., less than a mile from their house.

The bear “tore their corpses apart” and continued to consume their remains for at least four hours before the police and forest department arrived, according to the Times of India.

Bear assaults are uncommon in India, although they are significantly more common in wooded regions. In a 2015 study of assaults in Central India, researchers discovered that the great majority of victims had facial and/or scalp injuries.

All of the 48 assaults investigated involved sloth bears.

The bear that murdered the Panna couple was said to have been tranquilized and caught after a two-hour operation.

“The animal will not be released in the jungle,” Divisional Forest Officer Gaurav Sharma told DNA India. “We aim to transfer it to a zoo in another city.”

The family of the dead couple has been handed 400,000 Rupee ($5,000) in financial support. Locals mounted a demonstration after the couple died, according to the Times of India, demanding employment for their family members.

Sloth bears are found only in parts of South Asia, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Bhutan. They are similar in size to the American black bear, and females may weigh up to 124 kg (273 lb) while males can weigh up to 192 kg (423 lb).

Sloth bears are unusual in that they are seldom found near human settlements and eat a primarily vegetarian diet: in Tamil Nadu, southern India, fruit seems to make up 90% of the bears’ diet, with the remainder consisting of flowers, ants and termites, and the odd small animal or reptile.

Baloo the bear from Disney’s The Jungle Book was originally imagined as a sloth bear. So why would an ostensibly kind monster assault and eat two people?

Sloth bears are one of the most violent bear species, and they are the species with the highest number of reported human assaults.

They are presumably predators, since they have been recorded reacting to human presence in the same way they would to predators like tigers or leopards, roaring and striking before fleeing.

Bear populations in India, Nepal, and Bhutan have been fragmented as a result of deforestation and agricultural habitat degradation outside of protected areas.

This has left just a few tiny populations with minimal genetic variety, many of whom are subjected to continuous poaching and are unable to recover owing to their poor reproductive rate.

In their hunt for sustenance, bears are drawn to human communities, but not in the form of humans, but in the shape of waste. Humans often do not like bears wandering near settlements, which exacerbates the human-bear conflict.

As a result of all of these issues, the sloth bear has been designated as an endangered species in India.

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