One morning inside the Yala national park, we came across a sloth bear on a palu (Manilkara hexandra) tree. It spent a good amount of time pulling branches and snacking on juicy yellow palu fruits. They say eating excessive amounts of this fruit, gives you an intoxicating effect. We believe this bear got ‘tipsy’ after eating palu, as it climbed down the tree and came towards us. It walked quite a distance in between safari vehicles, and finally went inside the jungle.
(Yala National Park; May 2018)