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Rare Tibetan brown bear sighted in Sikkim, pics shared on social media

The uncommon animal was sighted in North Sikkim. Picture Courtesy: @ParveenKaswan

Footage of a uncommon Tibetan brown bear – the japanese Himalayan subspecies of brown bear -spotted for the primary time within the excessive altitude areas of North Sikkim have been making rounds on social media.

The uncommon animal was documented with the joint effort of the Sikkim Forest Division and the World Wildlife Fund, in line with a  put up shared on X by Indian Forest Service (IFS) Parveen Kaswan.

“You are seeing first ever picture of rare Tibetan Brown Bear from #India. With this one more sub-species added to the Indian #biodiversity. This rare animal is documented in higher reaches of Sikkim with the joint effort of FD and WWF. So much India yet to be explored,” Kaswan wrote on X together with sharing the pics of the animal.

“Now we have 5 bears found in India. – Himalayan black bear – Himalayan Brown Bear – Sloth Bear – Sun bear – Tibetan Brown Bear,” he wrote in one other put up.

Digital camera traps captured the bear (scientific identify: Ursus arctos pruinosus) with its attribute yellowish scarf-like collar that broadens from the shoulders to the chest in Mangan district final month, reported PTI.

This uncommon bear may be very totally different from the extra generally discovered Himalayan black bear by way of its look, habitat and behavior, the report quoted officers as saying.

The omnivore lives in high-altitude alpine forests, meadows and steppe above 4000 m and feeds on marmots and alpine vegetation.

“The discovery of a rare Tibetan brown bear marks a significant moment for biodiversity in the region and underscores the importance of preserving and protecting the state’s precious wildlife,” PTI quoted an official as saying.

The Tibetan brown bear, also referred to as the Tibetan blue bear, is likely one of the rarest subspecies of bears on the earth, and isn’t sighted within the wild. Only some had been sighted from Nepal, Bhutan and the Tibetan plateau.

With help from Lachen Dzumsa, a conventional socio-political establishment of North Sikkim, a forest and wildlife division group arrange digital camera traps in excessive altitudes of Mangan district and captured this elusive bear.

With inputs from businesses

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