They give new meaning to the phrase “hanging out.” These beautiful bears love to get on their stomach on a large tree trunk and hang their limbs in mid-air so they can catch Miami’s warm, radiant sun rays and watch visitors admire them. Easily recognizable by the yellow crescent-shaped patch on their chest that resembles a rising sun – hence their name – these animals are strong, curious, and the smallest species of bear. You will marvel at some of the yoga positions they manage to get into at times while stretching or pumping branches as though they were at the gym! Zoo Miami is proud of its two Malayan sun bears – Liberty and Kala (pronounced Kayla). Liberty, a 27-year-old male, was aptly named because he was born on the Fourth of July. One of his favorite pastimes is to gather grass, leaves, and anything else he can find, to make himself a “mat” so he can lie down and chill. His 20-year-old female exhibit-mate is quite the opposite. Kala is sassy and rambunctious. She loves destroying branches and shredding her bedding material. She is notorious for cracking open coconuts with her massive claws, rolling on her back, placing the coconut on her chest, and drinking the coconut water in about 40 seconds flat! Don’t know if that qualifies as a world record. One thing in common is their love for eating yummy fruits and insects. True to their nature, they are known for craving sweet honey, using their foot-long tongue to dig into honeycombs for a treat, thus earning them the nickname “Honey Bears!”
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