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Bear Fact Friday

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Bears live as long as 30 years in the wild. One captive brown bear lived to the age of 47

The name “grizzly bear” refers to the silver-tipped or “grizzled” hair of a brown bear

Polar bears live only north of the Equator, in the Arctic. Penguins live only south of the Equator, in Antarctica. Approximately 21,000 to 28,000 polar bears live in the Arctic

Bears have non-retractable claws like dogs and unlike cats

Stone-age hunters worshipped and hunted bears at the same time. To show their respect, they sang and danced and prayed that the bear would forgive them for killing it

The only species of bear that does not move its ears to pick up sound is the giant panda

The lips of bears are not attacked to their gums, which make their lips look rubbery

The koala is not a bear, it is a marsupial. The koala is occasionally referred to as a ‘koala bear’, a common name it earned due to its slight resemblance to a teddy bear. Despite this common name, the koala is not a bear at all. Instead, it is an arboreal marsupial that lives in Australia.

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