GUWAHATI, April 18 -- In a concerning turn of events, a Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos Malayanus), recognized as the smallest bear species globally, was discovered wandering for food in an area currently subject to alleged illegal coal mining under the jurisdiction of Digboi forest division in Assam.

The sighting of this endangered species in an environment heavily affected by human activity has sparked alarm among conservationists and wildlife officials.

The presence of the Malayan Sun Bear in an area known for illegal mining activities raises serious questions about the impact of such practices on the region's biodiversity.

The Malayan Sun Bear, characterized by its small stature and distinctive crescent-shaped marking on its chest, is ...