Interesting facts about bears

The bear is the largest land-based predator and belongs to the bear family. The habitat of these animals is mainly in the northern hemisphere. Habitat: forests, steppes, mountains and even ice of the Arctic.

There are 8 species in the bear family:

- brown;

- white;

- black or Baribal;

- Himalayan;

- spectacled;

- Sloth;

- Malay, nicknamed Biruang;

- giant panda.

25 interesting facts about bears

  1. Only one species of the family lives on the territory of the southern hemisphere - spectacled. This endangered species lives in South America, they do not hibernate, unlike their northern relatives.
  2. There are no bears in Antarctica, Africa and Australia.
  3. Of all the species in this family, the polar bear has the greatest weight. Its mass reaches half a ton. The male is twice the size of the female. The smallest size went to the Malay individual.
  4. Gnarled and clubfoot bears. Sometimes they stand on two legs from the right side, sometimes from the left. The hind claws are shorter than the front claws. These animals can easily walk on their hind legs.
  5. The Himalayan bear is superior to all of its kind. But the panda has 6 fingers, and Baribal has the longest ears. Biruang's tongue and claws are the longest.
  6. A female bear reaches the age of childbearing by 4 years of age. The bear gives birth every 3-4 years. She is an excellent mother and takes care of her offspring up to 3 years old. And completely alone. Male and female are together only for the conception of offspring.
  7. The weight of a newborn teddy bear reaches half a kilogram. A "baby" is born without seeing, hearing and without a "fur coat". Only in the panda, unlike other newborn bear cubs, is it covered with a thin layer of fur.
  8. In a bear family, younger cubs are supervised by their elders. The "mother" feeds her cubs with milk, which is 4 times more caloric than cow milk.
  9. All species of the family hibernate in winter, except for the polar bear and panda. "Sleep" in duration can last 6 months and significantly depletes the animal's body. Its weight is halved. The metabolism decreases, the pulse decreases. Moreover, all this time the animal does not defecate.
  10. Sometimes a bear does not have time to replenish its body reserves before hibernation and wakes up in winter. Such bears are very dangerous, they are called cranks. Hunger makes them attack even a person.
  11. The close relatives of the bear family are wolves, foxes, and dogs.
  12. "Toptygin" is an excellent athlete and knows how to swim, jump, climb trees well. Has an excellent reaction, has good eyesight and excellent hearing, perfectly recognizes colors and is endowed with a delicate sense of smell. For example: a polar bear can jump 2.5 meters and swim more than 100 km without making stops or breaks. And grizzly bears are not inferior to horses in running.
  13. The normal heartbeat of the beast is approximately 35-45 beats per minute.
  14. The life expectancy of the "master of the taiga" in natural conditions is about 30 years. Interestingly, in captivity, it rises to 50.
  15. The bear is intelligent enough to neutralize hunting traps by throwing sticks, stones, and rods at them. He knows and remembers all his mushroom and berry "lands" very well. According to research, the furry beast is not inferior in its abilities to monkeys.
  16. The diet of the white "bear" consists only of meat, the rest of its relatives do not disdain plant food. He also loves to feast on honey, sometimes ruining the bee's nests in the hives. And his relative panda loves to eat bamboo and can easily eat 2 dozen kilograms of fresh shoots of a unique grass. Wrasses love to feast on termites, and grizzlies love moths, which it absorbs in huge quantities, amounting to tens of thousands of individuals. A polar bear can hold up to 70 kg of food in its belly.
  17. In Russia, Bear's meat was eaten only on special ritual occasions. In Asian countries, the organs of the animal are used for medicinal purposes. There are even special "bear farms".
  18. In ancient times, in Russia, the bear was a sacred animal. Also, the bear is a symbol of the capital of Germany. His image is on flags, coats of arms, coins.
  19. In Europe, the bear is associated with Russia. And it is not surprising, after all, it was from Russia that supplies of trained bears went to Europe 400 years ago. In addition, this animal often falls prey to alcohol addiction.
  20. The brown bear is listed in the Red Book. Uncontrolled hunting for this predator has dramatically reduced the population. By the way, the bear is so tenacious that even a burst from a Kalashnikov assault rifle at point-blank range will not kill him, cartridges with high stopping power are needed.
  21. In ancient times, they used to walk on bears with a spear. This was considered a special brave amusement among the warriors. The spear is a special spear with a strong shaft, a wide blade and a crossbar to limit the depth of the wound, so that the bear is kept at a distance.
  22. Bears are intelligent and highly trainable and are often seen as entertainers in the circus. In 1949, the trainer Valentin Filatov created the Bear Circus attraction, which brought him great fame.
  23. Visitors to the Monk Seraphim of Sarov told that a huge bear often came to the holy elder for delicacies.
  24. "Clubfoot" has long taken its place in animation and cinema, delighting the younger generation. The teddy bear Winnie the Pooh has become one of the most famous characters in children's literature.
  25. The most famous teddy bear is the "American" Teddy. It was invented by the Russian émigré Mikhail Mishim more than 100 years ago and named after Theodore Roosevelt. Now in the world there are thousands of collectors and dozens of museums dedicated to Teddy bears. An annual exhibition of Teddy Bears is held in Munich.