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Zoo denies rumors that its bear is a human in disguise

By Lyric Li

01 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

informed Summary

  1. A video of a Malayan sun bear named Angela standing upright and interacting with visitors at Hangzhou Zoo in China has gone viral after some viewers speculated that Angela was a person in a bear costume.

China's latest internet sensation, Angela, has been taken for many things: A black bear, a large dog and, most recently, a person in a bear costume, after a video of the sun bear standing upright and interacting with visitors went viral.

In a 15-second clip posted on July 27 to Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, the slender Malayan sun bear can be seen standing on her hind legs and watching a small crowd expectantly from her enclosure, sometimes raising her paws as if waving to visitors.

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