Scientists in the Land of the Leopard national park have received video of Himalayan bear’s dance after hibernation
Scientists of the Land of the Leopard national park in Primorye have received video from a camera trap, which shows Himalayan bear waking up after hibernation “dancing” near a tree, said the institution.
“Video of a Himalayan (white-breasted) bear dancing has been obtained in the Land of the Leopard national park. A camera trap caught the moment with the predator, awakened after winter hibernation, rubbing rhythmically against a tree trunk, leaving its first ‘message’ this year on a tree,” the report says.
According to experts, the bear leaves an odour mark on the whole-leaved fir – a natural behaviour for large predators, which includes kneading their limbs.
The video also shows the Himalayan bear scratching its face – rubbing its nose and cheek against the bark, getting up on its hind legs and “hugging” the tree. According to scientists, such materials allow studying behavioural features of animals.
The Land of the Leopard is home to two bear species, the brown bear and the Himalayan bear. The national park is the habitat of the Far Eastern leopard, the rarest big cat in the world. These predators live only in southwest Primorsky Krai, as well as in a small area in China near the border with Russia. A few specimens have also been spotted near the border with North Korea. The majority of the population lives in the national park.
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