Bear mimics Baloo from The Jungle Book as it scratches its back on a tree

A BEAR mimics The Jungle Book’s Baloo as it scratches its back on a tree.

The big Asian black looked satisfied while relieving an itch — just like the much-loved animated character.

Satyaprakash Pandey captured the snaps.

Visitors in a jeep grinned at the sight in India’s Kanha National Park.

The Jungle Book is one of Britain's best-loved films.

The 1967 Disney adaptation is still regarded as one of the greatest animated movies of all time.

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2016's live-action/CGI remake was a similar success.

The Jungle Book was written by Rudyard Kipling and first published in 1894.

It was written as a collection of stories rather than a conventional novel.

Some characters — such as the ape King Louie — did not appear at all.

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