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Bear Fact Friday

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There are eight species of bears alive today that range in size from the large brown bears and polar bears, which can weigh as much as 2200 and 1500 pounds respectively, to the comparatively smaller giant pandas and sun bears, which weigh less than 300 pounds apiece.

The world’s most common bear is the brown bear.

Unlike many mammals, bears can see in color.

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

A polar bear’s stomach can hold 150 lbs. (68 kg) of meat.

A polar bear can swim up to 100 miles without resting.

About 98% of the grizzly bear population in the U.S. lives in Alaska.

The largest carnivore that ever lived on land was the giant short-faced bear. Twice the size of the biggest modern bear, it was 6′ 5″ tall at the shoulder when standing on all fours. Scientists believe it had very long legs and chased antelope on the North American prairies. It died around 12,000 years ago.

Bears are very smart and have been known to roll rocks into bear traps to set off the trap and eat the bait in safety.

Bears are bowlegged. This gives them better grip and balance.

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4 Comments

  1. Marinka
    June 14, 2013

    It’s really nice of polar bears to surprise seals!

    • Lynn
      June 14, 2013

      They have the “seal of approval”

  2. Todd
    June 15, 2013

    So when they surprise the seal, is it with a fish? a housewarming gift? toys for the seal babies? what?

    Coca-cola? They always seem to be drinking Coca-cola. that has to be it.
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