The Sri Lankan Sloth Bear

Did you know that a Sloth Bear’s lips are among the most interesting and most distinguishable parts of its anatomy, and are specially adapted for efficiently eating ants and termites? Its muzzle can vary in colour from dirty white to grey, with protruding lips and nostrils that can be closed at will. Its lack of facial hair protects it from the corrosive sticky secretions of threatened termites.

The Sloth Bear is an excellent tree-climber. Do you think it climbs trees for protection or for something else?