20 Mind-Blowing Facts About Bears That You Probably Didn’t Know

Did you know? Polar Bears can smell their prey up to a Kilometer away.

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Incredible, isn’t it? Bears are not only the apex predators of land, but they are also filled with several interesting facts that you would love to know.

Facts About Bears

1. There are eight species of bears.

2. Bears are scattered over four of the seven continents. Polar and brown bears can be found in North America, Europe, and Asia. American black bears are only found in North America, while South America only hosts the Andean bears. And sloth, pandas, sun, and moon bears, are only found in Asia.

3. They all come in a wide range of sizes.

While the smallest bear is the sun bear, with males typically growing up to five feet long and weighing 150 pounds.

The largest is the polar bear. The Male species can average up to eight feet in length and weigh up to 1,600 pounds, over ten times as much as the sun bear.

4. While bears may produce up to five cubs in one litter, they usually birth two cubs at a time.

5. Gestation lasts 63 to 70 days. Most bear cubs remain in their mother’s care for 18 to 24 months.

Facts About Bears

6. Black Bears have long, non-retractable claws that allow them to climb trees.

7. Never try to outrun a Black bear. It can run up to 40 to 48 km/hour.

8. During hibernation, black bears do not eat, drink, urinate, or defecate. They sleep from October to April, but if you disturb a sleeping black bear, it will awaken. They breathe once every 45 seconds during hibernation and drop their heart rate to 8 to 21 beats per minute.

9. During the spring and fall, black bears can be hunted in 27 states, including Montana.

10. Baloo from The Jungle Book is actually a Sloth bear. These bears are mostly nocturnal and feed on fruit, beetles, and ants. They also enjoy Nature’s sweetest treat, honey.

Facts About Bears

11. Polar Bears can smell their prey up to a Kilometer away.

12. More than 60% of Polar bears live in Canada.

13. Moreover, In the far north town of Churchill, Manitoba, nobody locks the doors to their house or cars in case of a polar bear attack. Churchill is located in the center of the Polar Bear Alley, and polar bears walk freely through the town towards the Hudson Bay. They have learned to live with the mighty polar bear.

14. Female polar bears are around half the size of male polar bears.

15. Scientists can extract Polar bear DNA from just their footprints.

Facts About Bears

16. Panda is considered to be a national treasure in China.

17. In fact, All pandas in the world belong to China.

Zoos around the world typically rent pandas from China in pairs for 10 years at a time, paying China annual fees of up to $1 million. When a cub is born, zoos pay China an extra, one-time fee of $400,000. And any cub that is born must be returned to China after 4 years.

18. All pandas are born female. Males are only born if a panda receives a fright in its first 48 hours of life. This is why some zoos hire employees to scare the pandas.

19. Pandas cubs are born blind, helpless, and tiny. Panda cub weighs just five-ounce, which is about one-thousandth the size of their mom.

20. Moreover, Panda cubs are born pink.

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