A viral video featuring moon bears at an unidentified zoo has ignited a debate online, with some social media users speculating that the bears are actually humans in bear costumes.
Moon bears in question: In the clip, two moon bears, also known as Asian black bears, are seen lounging on a concrete floor at an unidentified zoo. The bears lay back with their arms by their sides and legs outstretched, curiously turning their heads toward visitors. One of the bears is then seen casually raising its paw in an apparent wave to the onlookers.
Social media speculation: The video’s peculiar and somewhat resigned bear behavior has set social media ablaze, with users questioning the authenticity of the bears. Some users have expressed their skepticism, suggesting that the bears may, in fact, be two individuals dressed in bear costumes.
Bear or costume?: The debate mirrors the earlier dispute involving a sun bear named Angela at Hangzhou Zoo, who was filmed standing on her hind legs and waving like a person. The zoo later denied the allegations.
What experts say: The resemblance of these moon bears to humans, particularly in their waving gesture, has intrigued viewers. Experts have explained that sun bears, much like moon bears, are able to stand on their hind legs in a similar manner that humans do.
Sad state of the species: Currently, thousands of moon bears, as well as sun bears and brown bears, are being farmed for bile and are confined to bear farms in China, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. Bear-bile farming has faced widespread condemnation due to its inhumane practices, including confining bears to cramped cages where they cannot turn or stand, leading to common neglect and disease.