Such a predatory animal as a bear inspires both fear and admiration. Many, having seen enough thrillers, are convinced that a meeting with this giant guarantees death, but it is worth knowing that a bear rarely perceives a person as prey. Usually, if he sees a person on the horizon, he tries to hide.
Situations when a bear attacks a person happens, but this happens rarely, and the animal does it without much joy. If you suddenly encounter this predator, remember the rules: you can’t provoke a bear – if it senses that you want to attack it or take away its prey – it will get angry and start attacking.
You can’t run away from the animal yet – the bear will perceive you as prey that he wants to catch up with (by the way, you still can’t run away from him, because he runs much faster than a person). Moreover, you cannot look the predator in the eye – he will take it as a challenge.
Of course, you can read about these rules, but still we advise you not to trust fate and avoid encounters with a bear. By the way, many interesting stories are connected with this animal, and we want to tell you about them.
We present to you 10 interesting facts about bears: brown, white and other species – behavioral features, habitat.
10. The cult of the bear among different peoples
Almost all peoples treated bears with some peculiarity. In some countries, this animal is believed to be the ancestor of man (by the way, the DNA of a panda from the “bear” family coincides 68% with human DNA), in others , that a bear was once a man, but became a bear by the will of the gods.
For historians, the most interesting is the cult of the cave bear (a prehistoric subspecies of the brown bear) – the mysterious elder god. Our ancestors were pretty sure that the skull and front paws of the bear were endowed with the magical powers of this forest deity.
In the Austrian cave Drachenloch a few decades ago an unusual structure was discovered, which is a box of stones. Age of the find: approximately 40,000 years. On the lid of this box was the skull of a cave animal and its crossed front paws (or rather, the bones of a bear). Scientists still wonder why primitive people needed to keep bear skulls. Really curious…
9. The color of the fur depends on the habitat
Have you noticed that the bears living in the arctic are white, and those living in the southern zone are brown? Really, their color is influenced by the habitat, the color of the bear is close to the surrounding vegetation or its other environment.
The colors of animals are quite diverse: red, brown, black (for example, Himalayan), white, black and white (pandas), brown (the color of a forest bear can be of different colors, up to light beige) , etc Bear hair also changes color depending on the lighting and the season.
8. A third of bears on Earth live in North America
North America’s flora and fauna are unique. There are so many different animals and plants here that it has become a favorable environment for bears. Such a diversity of the animal world is associated with the natural location – the continent is washed by three oceans: the Arctic, the Atlantic and the Pacific.
The polar bear lives in the tundra of North America, in the taiga region – the black bear. Many bear species have found refuge in North America.where they meet to the regions of central Mexico.
7. Good spirit and good memory
There are many beautiful animals on our planet – each is different and shows unique qualities. The bear, a bright representative of children’s fairy tales and fables, has many interesting features that few people know about.
Bears have excellent memories, they are excellent at navigating wide areas with their “internal compass” and are quick-witted when it comes to prey for sustenance.. Scientists note that bears have a good mind, which is not inferior to the intelligence of monkeys.
6. The largest individuals live in Alaska and Kamchatka
The Kamchatka brown bear (belongs to the “brown” subspecies) is considered the largest among its brethren.. These bears were discovered in 1898, which is interesting – they are not aggressive at all, perhaps that is why they are on a diet.
The bear feeds mainly on fish, and loves salmon! It can eat about 100 kg per day. this delicacy. The average weight of the Kamchatka giant is 150-200 kg, and the weight of some sometimes reaches 400 kg.
Bears, called grizzlies, are one of Alaska’s most majestic inhabitants. In addition, the grizzly bear is considered the largest predator in North America, so even an experienced hunter may get into trouble … The weight of this bear reaches half a ton, and when it rises on its hind legs it reaches 3 meters in height.
5. The smallest species – sun bear
This baby is recognized as the smallest bear on Earth – its weight does not exceed 65 kg., And its height is about 1.5 meters. The sun bear lives in Thailand, China, Myanmar, in the northeast of India, on the island of Borneo (Kalimantan).
But do not think that this bear is harmless – it is very aggressive and has a fierce character, but it can be easily trained if desired.
In Asian countries, the sun bear can often be found with children playing or walking quietly around its owner’s house (some keep them at home).
4. Every year in Münster there is a teddy bear exhibition.
Everyone probably feels some tenderness at the sight of teddy bears! They show up on almost every notebook, notepad, calendar, etc. They are particularly popular with children and adolescents.
Those who go to Germany, especially to Münster, and who like teddy bears, simply have to visit the exhibition TEDDYBÄR TOTALwhich has taken place every year since 1995. No other exhibition can boast of such a wealth, there is everything here: rare old teddy bears, famous factories and even products necessary for the manufacture of toys.
3. They are called club feet, because they rest either on 2 left legs or on 2 right legs.
Everyone has heard the expression “clubfooted bear” – jokingly, we can call our friends that without even thinking about it, but why, by the way, a clubfooted bear? Let’s answer this question.
If you’ve been to a circus or a zoo, you must have noticed that the bear walks leaning either on 2 right paws or on 2 left paws. They walk waddling from side to side, clubfoot, it turns out that their legs have a “wheel”. When they are in their normal position, their clubfoot is not noticeable.
2. Not all bears hibernate
We’re all used to thinking of bears going into hibernation – yes, that’s typical for them, but not everyone does. Sometimes it happens that the bear does not have time to accumulate the right amount of nutrients, so due to strong hunger in winter it wakes up.
The bear comes out of its den and begins to wander in search of food. A bear that for some reason has left the den is called a rod. They are dangerous for a person (they can even intimidate a tiger), because they are ready to attack him.
Also, in winter, giant pandas do not hibernate (only bears sleep), but at this time they become sluggish.
1. Bears have been printed on coins since ancient times.
Bears have been depicted on coins since ancient times – from the 150s. before RH. Subsequently, coins with these beautiful predatory animals began to be minted all over the world – from Greenland to Poland.
The bear is an animal of impressive size, majestic, and also common in different countries – it could be seen on many city coats of arms, which is why the image on money is so common with it.
Today, these beautiful animals are sometimes adorned with commemorative coins – they are issued for charitable purposes or on the occasion of an important event.