Baloo is the second main character of "The Jungle Book". He is a sloth bear, who is Mowgli's mentor. He likes to tell stories of the jungle.
Baloo is a friendly and even-tempered character who shirks responsibility; seemingly far removed from the law teacher in Kipling's book. Baloo is one of Mowgli's mentors and friends. Baloo is patient and strong; his only weakness is that he's ticklish. Baloo is initially opposed to bringing Mowgli to the Man Village, wanting to raise him as a son. However, when Bagheera mentions that Mowgli is easy prey for Shere Khan the tiger and that he's not safe in the jungle, even with him, Baloo realizes that he's right, and tries to tell Mowgli the difficult truth. Mowgli turns on Baloo and runs away, prompting him and Bagheera to split up and search for the boy. Baloo isn't seen again until the climax of the film, when he sees Mowgli preparing to battle Shere Khan. Baloo attempts to stop the tiger and almost gets killed in the process. After Mowgli follows a girl named Shanti into the village and decides to stay there, Baloo is slightly disappointed, but relieved that Mowgli is safe at last. He and Bagheera then return to the jungle as they sing a reprise of "The Bare Necessities" together.