- The bear did not seem to be looking for a fight but was quickly ambushed by the two large Bengal tigers.
- Black bears are also not to be trifled with, but the bear in the video was no match for the two giant cats.
- While taking a few bites and scratches from the tiger, the bear was successfully able to defend itself and get away from the large apex predators.
Bears and tigers are both fearsome animals. You may not see them cross paths in the wild often, but in certain regions it is possible. This video shows two huge Bengal tigers attacking a lone bear. Bengal tigers are the second largest big cat species in the world, only second behind the giant Siberian Tiger. These cats are not to be messed with and took action when they saw an Asiatic black bear next to their two cubs.
The bear did not seem to be looking for a fight but was quickly ambushed by the two large Bengal tigers. On average Bengal, tigers grow between 6 to 10 feet long. They are able to weigh over 600 lbs, with the largest ever found weighing around 850 lbs. Black bears are also not to be trifled with, but the bear in the video was no match for the two giant cats. When approached the Asiatic black bear did its best to defend itself.
Standing on its back legs made the bear appear much more threatening and larger in size. While taking a few bites and scratches from the tiger, the bear was successfully able to defend itself and get away from the large apex predators.
Asiatic Black Bear
The type of bear in the video is known as an Asiatic black bear, also called the Asian black bear, moon bear, or Himalayan bear. This species is native to Asia, found in the regions such as Nepal, China, Pakistan, and the Himalayas. The whiteish cream crest on their mark is one of their most identifying traits, and they are covered in thick black fur. Asiatic black bears are often confused with sloth bears since they look very similar. Sloth bears have a scruffy appearance and longer claws. Their snouts are also slightly longer with a lighter color.
While the Asiatic black bear is no match for two large Bengal tigers, they are one of the largest bears in Asia. They have a height between 4.5 to 5.4 feet tall. Weighing up to 400 lbs this black bear is a fearsome animal. Despite their size, this species is mainly a vegetarian, eating things like grass, fruits, nuts, and roots. On some occasions, they may eat dead animals, lizards, rodents, and other small invertebrates.
Due to their size, the moon bear does not have many natural predators. Tigers are one of their main enemies in the wild, and this bear was lucky to get away. Other enemies of the Asiatic black bear include lynxes, wolves, and leopards. Highly forested areas in elevations between sea level to 11,800 feet are where the moon bear lives. The Asiatic black bear can be aggressive if needed, and like the video shows they can defend themselves from the fiercest of predators.
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- Asiatic Black bear , Available here: https://www.bearbiology.org/asiatic-black-bear/
- Bengal Tiger , Available here: https://www.britannica.com/animal/Bengal-tiger
- Black bear of sloth bear , Available here: https://wildlifesos.org/sloth-bears-animals/sloth-bear-or-moon-bear-can-you-spot-the-difference/#:~:text=If%20the%20claws%20are%20long,has%20a%20short%20dark%20snout.