Watchful Eye

 Mother Care
A mother sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) is fiercely and and justifiably protective of her young. The rock-strewn hillocks of the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, near Hospet in the Bellary district of Karnataka, are a haven for these otherwise elusive animals. Sloth bears are viciously persecuted by wildlife traders who kill the mothers and capture the cubs, which are then sold to madaris who earn a living by making them ‘dance’ on city streets.
Photographer: T N A Perumal
Published by TOI on 15th Dec, 2008
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