Text and Photos by Chiew Lin May
Tan-Tan making her way through the forest
During the walk in forest, Tan-Tan interacts with the natural environment by experiencing different sights, smells and sounds. She also comes into contact with a variety of trees, plants and animals. As the youngest sun bear cub at the Centre, she is quite a character with a strong sense of humor.
Soon Tan-Tan is going to be 5 months old, she is growing fast!
She is small but she is an incredibly great climber. She really is an arboreal little bear. Tan-Tan loves to climb. There is no limit to how high she will climb. She is skilled at climbing high in the canopy, eating wild food and taking a nap on trees. Tan-Tan has used a large amount of effort in search of invertebrate food items to meet her energy requirements.
Tan-Tan immediately explore her new home by climbing the trees
Tan-Tan climbs her FIRST tree!
Tan-Tan was given the chance to experience one of life’s simple pleasures
This is what pure joy looks like!!
A young and active bear full of enthusiasm
Truly amazing – she is well adapt for arboreal living and is excellent climber that love spending time in trees.
She likes to spend much of her time top of the tree canopy
She tends to climb high to find her preferred foods
Finally learning what is means to be free in forest
A quick snooze after tired of foraging
Tan-Tan surprised us and broke the record that at only 4 months old she was able to build her first tree nest at 8 meters off the ground! The nest is built entirely from green leaves and branches, but it is not completely done. We observed that she tried to test and sit on the comfortable nest. She took a nap and laid back in her newly built nest. It was great to see that Tan-Tan still has the instinct to build a nest. She will surely develop the nest-building skill.
Being the youngest bear at the Centre, she shows a great skills at climbing tree and nest building !