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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Bear Facts You’ll Never Forget

Bears are one of the most majestic beasts that belong to the Animalia kingdom that are equal parts majestic and equal parts terrifying due to their fearless nature.

A Bear is known to belong to the mammal class of the animal kingdom. A few of the countries famous for their Bear population are the US, Denmark (Greenland), Norway (Svalbard), Russia, and Canada. These wild animals have a total of eight species inhabiting various habitats all around the world. The eight species of Bear include North American Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Brown Bear, Polar Bears, Asian Black bears, Spectacled Bear, Panda Bear, and Sun Bear.

Continue reading for more exciting facts about these wild animals called Bears.

If you like reading about Bear facts, you can also check our articles on leopard seal or fennec fox.

Bear Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Bear Manatee?

Bears are a type of animal found in colder regions in woodland areas.

What class of animal does a Bear belong to?

A Bear is known to belong to the mammal class of the Animal kingdom (inclusive of all kinds of Bears, including Brown Bears, Polar Bears, Asiatic Black Bears, Sloth Bears, sun Bears, or the spectacled Bear).

How many Bears are there in the world?

The current Polar Bear population all around the world is known to be 26,000, according to the IUCN. On the other hand, the global population of Brown Bears is approximate 200,000. The count of American Black Bears adds up to 800,000. The global population of Bears is known to have experienced a great decline in the last few decades, and the reason for this is they are being poached and hunted. This population decline is quite alarming and is being addressed currently.

Where does a Bear live?

Based on the breed, various Bears are found in several parts of the world. However, a few of the countries which are pretty famous for their Bear population are North America (North American Bear), Denmark (Greenland), Norway (Svalbard), Russia, the United States (Alaska), and Canada; Polar Bear (Arctic).

What is a Bear's habitat?

The kinds of Bears (order Carnivora) present beneath the umbrella term of 'Bears' is relatively high. There are many different types of Bears, and all of them have different habitat preferences depending on their body type. For instance, the Polar Bear's habitat is exclusively found in the northern hemisphere (the arctic), the Brown Bear tends to prefer the temperate forest lands. The Black Bear is quite famous for its adaptability. It can be found in various habitats like coniferous forests and open alpine habitats.

Who do Bears live with?

Although it is a well-known fact that Bears prefer to live in solitude, a fact about their solitary life is that although they don't live in groups, they tend to live close to other Bears and are known to maintain relations with them. It has also been observed that adult Bears tend to monitor the relationships of young ones with their fellow Bears. Bears tend to believe in the ideology of 'stronger together'; therefore, it should not come as a surprise to witness young or adult Bears living around with each other. Bears in an area tend to know all the other Bears in that particular area as well. They build friendships through socialization but are also very particular about their territory when it comes down to rivalry, otherwise, they do not hesitate in sharing their homeland with other fellow Bears.

How long does a Bear live?

The life span of Bears varies depending on their species. The lifespan of an average Bear (family Ursidae) in the wild is known to be roughly 25 years, but they can go on to live to 50 years when in captivity. The average life span of a Black Bear is known to be 30 years (Black Bear), while that of a Giant Panda is known to be approximately 15-20 years (giant panda). Polar Bears live up to 25 years, and a Brown Bear can live 25-35 years. The infamous Sloth Bears are known to live up to 40 years, and Spectacled Bears live to 20 years.

How do they reproduce?

Male and female Bears tend to avoid coming in contact with each other before the mating season. Once the mating season starts in May, one can witness male Bears fighting among one another to assert dominance and impress female Bears. After which, the winning male is chosen as the mate and the mating proceeds. One fascinating thing about Bears is that they tend to have a gestation period of about 195-280 days, which longer than most animals in the world. Bears have a litter size of about 1-2 cubs that tend to stay with their mother after birth, mostly during January or February. Bears usually tend to attain sexual maturity at the age of 3-5. However, they give birth to their young ones only after 2-4 years.

What is their conservation status?

Among the animals listed under the IUCN endangered species, Bears tend to be one. Approximately six out of eight species of Bears are listed under the category of Least Concern to Threatened With Extinction; the areas in urgent need of attention are Asia and South America.

Bear Fun Facts

What do Bears look like?

Although almost all Bears follow the basic blueprint, with a vast furry body, there are quite a few differences in each species. For instance, if we talk about North American Bears (native North America), the Bear cubs of Black Bears belonging to North America tend to have blue eyes, which eventually turn brown once they grow up. They have fuzzy skin covered with heavy fur all over. The fur tends to be either black, brown, or yellowish, while the skin continues to be dipped light grey. North American Bears have small adorable eyes with round ears. The North American Black Bear's length extends up to 7 feet, and they weigh up to 170 to 300 lbs.

The Brown Bear, also called the Grizzly Bear (which signifies their inland habitation away from the coastline), is known to have soft brown fur all over its body. The best possible way to distinguish it from a Black Bear from America or a Polar Bear is to notice its body structure and color. The former tend to have a prominent shoulder hump tagged along with a disc-shaped face. They have long paws, and their fur color tends to vary from golden brown to dark brown.

Most people tend to have this misconception that Polar Bears are white, however, each hair is a hollow hair that is constantly reflecting light which in turn gives them a bright white color. To one's surprise, the skin buried under the heavy coat of fur is known to be black, which helps them absorb a good amount of heat during sunny days to help them stay warm. Their four-inch-thick layer of fat also provides great thermal insulation. They tend to have wide front paws along with webbed toes, which helps them swim too.

Bears prefer living among other wild animals in woods and forests across the world.

How cute are they?

As adorable as they look, they can be equally dangerous too. Bears tend to have a huge build with excessive body mass, which in a way makes them look super soft and cuddly, but also large, looming and scary. Bears have round ears and an oval face. Their face is blessed with beautiful and adorable eyes making them look adorable. Their entire body is covered with fur making them resemble soft toys (the colors of a Bear's fur vary from species to species). It is safe to assume that soft toys like 'Trumpy Bear' are clearly inspired by the big cuddly Bears in our world.

How do they communicate?

Bears use a very peculiar and interesting way in order to communicate with their fellow Bears in and around the area. They typically use their body scent, urine, face scent, and also marking the trees. The very first major use of this kind of communication is done in order to kick start the intercourse process. The males use this odor to only attract the female Bear but also to mark their presence, in fact, to give a warning to the other Bears (regarding their presence). Women also make use of this mode of communication. It helps the male know about the female's age and essential attributes for the intercourse process.

Other than the odor, the Bear also tends to mark their presence on the tree's trunks. They tend to scratch the tree trunks using their claws or rub their head and back along the tree trunk to leave their scent there. The tree, in turn, gets an imprint of their claw marks which a bear then uses to detect the presence of other Bears in the vicinity (it is a well-known fact that if a Bear sees a marked tree, they are likely to stop, smell, and then mark their presence there too).

How big is a Bear?

Different Bears have different growth parameters. Polar Bears have lengths of 2 m to 3 m with a weight of 450 kg. The giant panda with a length of 1-2 m, weighing up to 70-100 kg. Brown Bears have a length of 1.5 to 3 m with a weight of 80-600 kg.

On average, the length and the weight of a Bear tend to be 1.2 to 3 meters and 59- 450 kg, respectively.

How fast can a Bear move?

The average speed of a Bear is 40 km per hour.

How much does a Bear weigh?

A Bear's weight can range from 59 to 450 kg.

What are their male and female names of the species?

There is no given term for a female or male species of Bears.

What would you call a baby Bear?

A baby Bear is called a Bear cub.

What do they eat?

Although most people think that Bear is purely carnivores, they are not. Quite a few types of Bears tend to feed on plants as well.

Are they dangerous?

Yes, Bears are dangerous and territorial. What makes them even more intimidating is their appearance and their huge body mass that is easily capable of crushing a human in seconds.

Would they make a good pet?

Bears are known to be wild animals, therefore, keeping them as a pet is not a good idea.

Did you know...

There are various types of Bears present all around the world. Some of them are Brown Bear, Big Bear, Grizzly Bear, Grumpy Bear, Sun Bear, Sloth Bears, Spectacled Bear, American Black Bears, Asiatic Black Bear, Giant Panda, and Black Bears.

To protect their Bear cubs, the mother is forced to break her family unit to prevent infanticide, which involves the killing of the young bears by their own species.

The average speed of a Bear is 40 km per hour.

How to draw a Bear?

Start by drawing an oval for its body, followed by a circle on the oval to make its head. Draw its snout by making a smaller circle within its head, including the mouth and nose as well. Draw a pair of eyes above the snout. Now proceed to draw a pair of arms and legs with pointy claws at the end of each limb. five claws per limb if you need to be accurate. Don't forget to add their ears, make them round on top of their heads. And now you're done. Color them up to make it all better.

Different types of Bear

There are a total of eight kinds of species that include the North American Black bears, Sloth Bear, Brown Bear, Polar Bears, Asian Black Bears, Spectacled Bear, Panda Bear, and Sun Bear. All of them have quite a few differences in their body structures. You can also make out the difference between them, taking into consideration the color of their fur and the structure of their foot.

What to do if you see a Bear?

If you end up encountering a Bear face to face, there are a few things that you can do to avoid getting attacked or injured. The first and foremost thing that you must do is stand still and not move at all, even when you can feel your heart rate hit the roof. Gradually, start waving your hand so that the Bear recognizes you as a human. It might come closer to you to inspect. If the Bear stands on its hind legs, don't be alarmed. It may just be curious and not to threaten. Try staying calm, and you can easily make your way past the gentle giant.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Sumatran Orangutan, or plains zebra.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Little Bear coloring pages.

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