Why We Love Bears: 20 Facts About Bears

Hello! Today I want to talk about bears. I will write 20 Facts About Bears that I have found here:
These are interesting and funny facts, that I wanted to share with you.
Here they are:

1. The largest mammalian 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.

2. Bears have two layers of fur. A short layer of fur keeps the bear warm. And a long layer keeps water away from the skin and short fur.

3. The most accurate way to determine the age of a bear is to count the rings in a cross section of its tooth root under a microscope.

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

5. Only the polar bear is a true carnivore. All other bears are omnivores, or animals that eat both plants and meat.

6. Bears can run up to 40 miles per hour, fast enough to catch a running horse. The fastest known human alive today is Usain Bolt, who can run 27mph.

7. Koala bears are not bears at all and are not related to the bear family. They are marsupials.

8. A bear’s normal heartbeat is 40 beats per minute. A hibernating bear’s heart rate drops to 8 bpm.

9. Black bears are not always black. They come in a rainbow of colors from black to reddish brown (cinnamon bears) to light brown to white.

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

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

12. Bears have been known to eat almost anything, including snowmobile seats, engine oil, and rubber boots.

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

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

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

16. In 2008, a Canadian man was attached by a grizzly bear. He survived the attack by playing dead, even when the bear began to gnaw on his scalp. The bear eventually lost interest and went away.

17. One variation of the black bear is a white bear called the Kermode, ghost, or spirit bear. These bears are very rare. Native Americans believed these white bears had supernatural power.

18. For many years, scientists thought that the Giant Panda was not a bear at all but a relative of the raccoon. Scientists have shown through DNA evidence that giant pandas are indeed true bears.

19. The Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) is the smallest of the bears and is about the size of a large dog. It gets its name from a blond chest patch of fur that looks like a setting sun. Sun bears are also known as honey bears.

20. Most bears are born without fur. Only polar bears and giant pandas are born with thin white fur. 

So these are the 20 Facts About Bears! Hope I have helped you to know better these wonderful animals! Have a nice week! Don't forget to smile! Love you all!

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