ASIAN BLACK BEAR (Ursus thibetanus)
- also known as the Moon bear or White-chested bear is a medium-sized species of bear
- largely adapted for arboreal life
- occurs through much of southern Asia, Korea, northeastern China, the Russian far east and Honshū and Shikoku islands of Japan
- classed by the IUCN as a vulnerable species, mostly due to deforestation and active hunting for its body parts.
- morphologically very similar to some prehistoric bears, and is thought by some scientists to be the ancestor of other extant bear species
- though largely herbivorous, Asian black bears can be very aggressive toward humans, and have frequently attacked people without provocation.
- described by Rudyard Kipling as “the most bizarre of the ursine species.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Black_Bear
This is kinda how I choose to envision the bear I had a run in with in Thailand, before we startled it out of the tree and it came running after me.