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Bear Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Ursidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Ursus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Ursidae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
1.2m - 3.3m (4ft - 11ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
27kg - 450kg (60lbs - 990lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
56km/h (35mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
15 - 35 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, brown, white
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Forest and mountainous regions
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
2
Main Prey:Fish, Nectar, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human, Wolf, Wildcats
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Large teeth and paws and strong body

Bear Location

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Bear

Bears are large dog like mammals found all around the world. There are eight different species of bear that are found in a wide range of habitats in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, mainly the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Most bears are nocturnal, solitary animals only really congregating during the bears mating season. The mother bear will then raise her cubs until they too, are old enough to live on their own. Bears generally have an excellent sense of smell and are also fantastic at climbing trees, swimming and are able to run at speeds of up to 35 mph for short periods of time.

All bears are generally classified as carnivores but most species of bear today have adapted various herbivorous traits. For example, the giant panda has a diet that primarily comprises of bamboo. Most species of bear tend to hunt fish over land animals, although its not uncommon for a bear to not eat fish at all.

In Viking northern Europe, the locals firmly believed that by wearing a shirt made of bear skin, the wearer would adopt the powerful characteristics of the bear such as the bears strength and courage. Legend has it that the word berserk is said to originate from this belief from the way the affected men adopting these bear attributes behaved, but whether this is true or not is hard to tell.

The Malaysian sun bear is the smallest of the existing bear species, with the average adult sun bear measuring around 1 meter tall. The polar bear is generally the biggest species of bear with the adults growing to over 3 meters tall. The grizzly bear found in North America is the only other species of bear where the adults can get to this size, but it is uncommon.

Bear Translations

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Мечка
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Cesky
Medvědovití
Dansk
Bjørne
Deutsch
Bären
English
Bear
Español
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Esperanto
Urso
Français
Ursidés
Hrvatski
Medvjedi
Italiano
Orso
Nederlands
Beer
Norsk
Bjørnefamilienno
Româna
Urs
日本語
クマ科
Polski
Niedźwiedziowate
Português
Urso
Suomi
Karhut
Svenska
Björnar
Türkçe
Ayıgiller

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Nov 2008]

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