A forest bear with a long snout and long, shaggy hair, its white V shaped chest marking are are prominent features. The snout is long and the lips are so protrusible that they can be stretched over the nostrils as a cover. It is very well equipped to suck up termite from termite mounds.
The bear uses it long claws to tear up termite mounds, and suck up termite and ants through the gap in the dentition due to its missing front incisors. It can be lethal if confronted as it is din-sighted and rears up on its hind legs and bites or claws when alarmed.
DISTRIBUTUON AND HABITAT
It is found throughout peninsular India, south of the Himalayas up to Assam in the North-east in a patchy fashion. Absent in the high Himalayas although present up to the terai and low foothills. In the peninsula, absent in the western desert, semi-arid and non-forested areas of southern and central India.
It inhabits a wide variety of habitat including moist and dry deciduous forest, scrubland and grassland. It is known to be found upto 2000 M.