meeting baloo in the wild
Sloth by name but not by nature, these small but active bears can be found throughout Sri Lanka and India. Perhaps the most famous sloth bear is Baloo from The Jungle Book who is known and loved by many worldwide. However, when seeing a sloth bear in the wild you may be surprised by their size. Baloo's size is greatly exaggerated, in actual fact these diminutive bears are normally only 60-90cm tall at their shoulder.
While they can be spotted at any time of the year the best time to find them is in July and August when the sweet fruit on trees starts to ferment giving them a certain sway as they stagger from tree to tree, intoxicated by the fruit they’ve consumed, fermenting in their digestive tracts.
They can sometimes be spotted sprawled out under the trees lazily sleeping off their fruit consumption.