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British zoo films own ‘human bear’ to shut down rumours at China enclosure

A British zoo has fired back at trolls who are claiming a Chinese zoo's sun bears are just humans in costumes by filming a video of their own.

Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire released footage of Kyra, one of its own sun bears, who also likes to stand upright as they claim its "normal".

The clip, which has gained more than 10,000 likes, shows Kyra standing on his hind legs to look at the crowds through the glass.

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In the caption, they wrote: "We can confirm that Kyra is a sun bear. Sun bears might look human when they stand, but they actually have the natural behaviour of standing on their hind feet."

Sun bears are the size of large dogs, standing at most 1.3 metres tall on their hind legs, compared with up to 2.8 metres for grizzlies and other species, according to the zoo.

The video was released to show solidarity with Hangzhou Zoo in east China, which went viral after social media users speculated that one of their bears was just someone in costume.

The sun bear, named Angela, which originates from Malaysia, was spotted standing on its hind legs and gesturing like a human.

Viewers couldn't believe that the animal was real as many speculated that it was a human in a costume after noticing its slender legs, baggy roles of fur around the hips and typically uncharacteristic behaviour.

However, a spokesperson from Hangzhou Zoo responded to local media that they would not allow passing off "humans in costumes" to look like sun bears.

"We are a state-run facility, not a private organisation, it is a real animal, not a human in costume," they said.

"Also the weather goes up to 40C during summer, a human in a fur bear suit would not last more than a few minutes before collapsing."

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