Moon Bear Facts
Moon bears are the Asiatic black bears which are called so because of the 'crescent moon' found on their chest. Their weights vary from one hundred and ten pounds to four hundred and fifty pounds. They inhibit in the high altitude forests ranging from Pakistan to Japan. These bears are about four to six feet tall and owing to their strong claws they can climb trees easily and can swim as well. They make dens in caves and can sleep in trees also. Being caged for extracting their bile juice regularly for Chinese medicines the population of these bears has come down to mere sixteen thousand. Customers usually visit the farms to select the bear for themselves for slaughter. It is for this reason that one gall bladder of this bear is sold for as much as twenty thousand dollars in Korea. China Russia and North Korea have the biggest farming of moon bears. These bears have a vocabulary of their own as they frequently make clucking sounds while playing and huffing sounds for warning.