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Predation on sun bears by reticulated python in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo
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Predation on sun bears by reticulated python in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo


Quote:The Malayan sun bear is the largest member of the order Carnivora on the island of Borneo. Few records exist of predation on this species beside humans, whereas accurate recordings of natural predation events can teach us about the ecology of the prey species. Here I report on an attempted and a successful predation of Malayan sun bears by a reticulated python, both in a lowland dipterocarp forest in East Kalimantan. The successful predation was accomplished by a ~7 m reticulated python. The python preyed and swallowed an adult female sun bear, possibly weakened at the time due to a fruiting failure and nursing of a cub. Both predation events occurred at night, with the python probably surprising the bears during their sleep.

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