How to Draw a Sloth Bear

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Sloth Bear in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Sloth Bear.

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How to Draw a Sloth Bear - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a sloth bear! To draw the face, trace a line going down at an angle, and from there, trace the line across the bottom, making it squiggly.

Step 2: Now, draw some ears for your bear at the top of the head. Fill in a circle for the eye and another for the nose, then trace a line across the snout for the mouth.

Step 3: Draw a long line across the back, curling it in at the end. Here's a tip: make the line lumpy at the top of the back!

Step 4: Draw the first front leg by tracing two lines starting a little wide at the top. Add pointy claws at the end of the paw.

Step 5: Draw the other front leg the same way you did the first but make sure to continue the line by tracing it across the bottom for the belly.

Step 6: Trace the hind leg like the other two, wide at the top with claws at the paw.

Step 7: For the second hind leg, simply trace a line along the back of the first hind leg. Here's a tip: angle the line out a bit so that it looks like your bear is really walking! You have yourself a sloth bear!

Interesting Facts about the Sloth Bear

Sloth Bears are nocturnal, meaning they come out at night and sleep all day. They are also insectivores, meaning they mainly eat bugs, which is rather strange for a bear. A Sloth Bear’s diet usually consists of termites, honeybees (ouch!) and fruit.

Did you know?

  • Sloth Bears have often been used as performers because they are so easy to tame.
  • Humans have hunted Sloth Bears for both their meat and their claws.
  • Sloth Bears are different from Asian Black Bears in that Sloth Bears are skinnier with long and shaggy coats, as well as pale-colored muzzles and white claws.
  • The teeth of a Sloth Bear are different from that of other bears in that the Sloth Bear does not chew as much, since it only eats bugs. Therefore, its premolars and molars are actually smaller than those same teeth on other bears.

When Sloth Bears reach adulthood, they like to travel in pairs. Male Sloth Bears are actually very gentle with Sloth Bear cubs. Sloth Bears may walk pretty slowly, but they can run faster than humans, and they have been known to fight each other when food is involved. Like their name would imply, Sloth Bears hang upside down and can be clumsy, in addition to being slow.