Watch: Bear cubs hitch a ride on mother bear’s back in Nilgiri hills

In a recent video widely circulated on the internet, a pair of bear cubs are seen on their mother’s back. The bears that appear in the video are sloth bears that are known to carry their young on their backs to protect them from predators.

It seems that the sloth bear carried the cubs on its back after sensing the presence of people who were secretly recording them.

Supriya Sahu, an IAS officer, shared this video on her Twitter account on Tuesday and wrote, “Bear Cubs cut mother’s back ride in Nilgiris. Most awesome ‘video sharing’.”

The undated video was filmed somewhere in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu. In India, sloth bears belong to the hills and mountains of the Western Ghats along with states such as Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

The video quickly collected more than 34,000 views and thousands of likes. Commenting on the video, one Twitter user wrote: “What a happy sight.”

While most people grumbled about the bear allure, some people pointed out that frequent encounters between sloth bears and humans in areas such as the Nilgiri Hills often resulted in unwanted human-animal conflict. Echoing the thought, one Twitter user wrote, “Dear madam, it’s not the nicest thing about it..it’s dangerous for the people who live around it. A huge threat to the workers on those tea plantations.”

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