台灣黑熊 (Formosan Black Bear), Ursus thibetanus formosanus, are endemic to Native Taiwan. The V-shaped white mark is a trademark distinction of this magnificent, spiritual being. If Pandas are considered endangered at an estimated 2000 or less, then Formosan Black Bears are near extinct as roughly only 500 or less remain.
Five liliums behind the bear symbolize the estimated 500 in number since lilium in Mandarin translates to 百合花 and the '百' character literally means 'hundred'. Lotus flowers along with the spontaneous warm colors envelop the bear spirit, advocating sustenance and life.
This painting serves as a reminder to take this matter delicately. We hope to raise awareness and funding to prolong this grand life force. May this homage long serve as blessings to the continuation of one of Mother Nature's ancient spirits, the Formosan Black Bears.
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