Agence France-PresseJan 18, 2021 16:30:15 IST
Two members of South America’s solely bear species – a mom and her cub – have been noticed exploring the ruins of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the place vacationer numbers have been restricted because of the pandemic. The pair of Spectacled bears, also called Andean bears, have been captured on movie clambering across the mountainous web site’s dry-stone partitions earlier than slinking off into the jungle, Peru’s tradition ministry mentioned. With the absence of vacationers because of the coronavirus pandemic, the bears – mentioned to be the inspiration for the youngsters’s ebook character Paddington Bear, who got here from the jungles of Peru – have been in a position to discover the place they’d in any other case keep away from.
Biologist Ernesto Escalante, who’s in control of the Machu Picchu sanctuary surrounding the archaeological web site, mentioned the mammals are naturally terrified of people. The Spectacled bear is classed as “vulnerable” on the crimson record of threatened species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is the one surviving bear species in South America and the final of the short-faced bear subgroup.
It is a small omnivorous mammal, standing between 1.three meters (4.2 ft) and 1.9 meters tall and weighing between 80 and 125 kilograms (176-275 kilos).
The dark-colored bear, normally black, will get its title from gentle patches on its face that type spectacle-like rings round its eyes.
Humans are its principal risk, encroaching on their pure habitat and killing bears that harm crops or seize livestock. Andean bear merchandise are used for medicinal or ritual functions, in line with the IUCN, and in some areas the creatures’ meat is extremely prized.
Live bears are typically captured and offered.
Machu Picchu was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Visitor numbers are restricted because of the Covid-19 pandemic.