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Bear Fact Friday

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Sun bears have the longest claws of any bear. They also have the longest tongues, which can reach 9.8″ long.

The shape of a bear’s claw differs according to the type of bear. Bears that climb, such as black bears, have claws that are curved and strong to allow them to claw at tree bark. Bears that dig, such as grizzly bears, have straight and long claws.

A swimming polar bear can jump 8 ft. (2.4 m) out of the water to surprise a seal.

The giant panda has a large head for its body. Scientists believe this is because it needs a strong jaw and neck muscles to eat bamboo, which makes up 99% of its diet. The remaining 1% consists of insects on the bamboo and dead meat that the panda may find.

While most bears have bare feet, the paws of polar bears have fur on the bottoms and between the toes. Bears lose most of their heat from their paws.

American black bears inhabit parts of North America and Mexico. The diet of American black bears consists primarily of plant material such as leaves, buds, shoots, berries and nuts. American black bear subspecies include the cinnamon bear, glacier bear, Mexican black bear, Kermody bear, Louisiana black bear and several others.

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2 Comments

  1. Vodkamom
    September 1, 2013

    HI!!! Just checking in! Hope you’re still alive and kicking!!!

    • Lynn
      September 2, 2013

      Yup…still plodding along. How’s by you?

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