A zoo in China has been forced to deny suggestions some of its bears might be people in costumes after photos of the animals standing like humans circulated online.
The sun bears from Malaysia, are smaller than other bears and look different but are the real thing, the Hangzhou Zoo in eastern China said on social media.
Speculation began online after photos circulated showing one standing upright on slender hind legs.
“Some people think I stand like a person," said the post, which was written from the bear’s point of view. “It seems you don’t understand me very well.”
— Shanghai Daily (@shanghaidaily) July 31, 2023