Sunday 20 January 2019

Watch this sure-footed bear cleverly hunt his dinner dangling just out of reach

Bhalu the sloth bear is a puzzle solver.

Bhalu the bear in the tree
Bhalu the bear in the tree

By Edd Dracott, Press Association

If you’ve got crosswords or Sudoku to complete, a bear might not be the first port of call for a bit of help.

However, Bhalu, a sloth bear at Philadelphia Zoo, has shown he’s quite the puzzle solver – when there’s a pinata full of food at stake at least.

Somebody (Bhalu) was very excited (and determined) to get his recycled #EarthDay treats! Thanks to Zoo Educator Dani for sharing this great clip.

Posted by Philadelphia Zoo on Monday, April 23, 2018

That footage shows Bhalu, a five-year-old male, tasked with bringing down a pinata of recycled newspaper and filled with his favourite edible treats from a tree.

Helped by his excellent sense of smell, exceptional climbing abilities and three-inch claws, Bhalu proved more than up to the challenge.

Bhalu’s task was set for Earth Day, but has since been widely shared on social media.

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