CHINESE ZOO DENIES ITS SUN BEARS ARE HUMANS IN COSTUME. THE INTERNET IS NOT SO SURE
Representatives from the Hangzhou Zoo in eastern China are denying that their sun bears are really humans dressed in costume, and insisted that these are actually bears.
"Some people think I stand like a person," the Hangzhou Zoo wrote, as if in a sun bear's voice. "It seems you don't understand me very well."
According to Reuters, a video of a bear standing on its hind legs and waving went viral on Chinese social media in late July.
Despite the zoo's denial that the bears are humans, tourists have been "flocking" to the zoo to decide for themselves. Visitors to the zoo have increased by about 30% since the video was posted.
The sun bear is the world's smallest bear species, says the website for the San Diego Zoo. It is roughly half the size of the American black bear. They are about 3½ to 4½ feet long, and weigh up to 145 pounds.