Giant Grizzly Bear Turns Into a Star Athlete as It Catches Slices of Bread Thrown From a Passing Car

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Written by Rachael Monson

Updated: November 10, 2023

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Giant Short Faced Bear
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Wow! This video captures amazing footage as a giant grizzly bear catches bread out of the air with its mouth and front paws. The women in the video express their sheer excitement and awe at the bear’s talents with screams and laughter.

The footage displays a captive bear at the Olympic Game Farm outside of Seattle, Washington, catching slices of bread thrown from vehicles by tourists. However, is a grizzly bear catching bread normal? Probably not, but the bears at this rescue have been deemed unfit for release for some reason or other. Check out the clip below, then let’s learn more about giant grizzly bears and other giant bears!

What Is the Largest Grizzly Bear on Record?

The largest grizzly bear ever recorded award goes to a bear whose skull was found in 1976 by a taxidermist. The skull of that bear resulted in a calculation of about 1,200 pounds in weight. The bear catching bread in this video is likely nowhere near that weight!

Grizzly 399 with a cub

Generally, female grizzly bears weigh up to 440 pounds.


How Large Are Grizzly Bears?

The average grizzly bear is quite large. They stand about 3.3 feet tall. If standing up on two legs, a large grizzly may tower 7 feet tall. Male grizzlies weigh 200-800 pounds, while females weigh 200-400 pounds. Grizzlies are typically double in size when compared to black bears. Their paws and claws are big as well. A grizzly bear’s four paws’ average size is 6.9 to 7.9 inches in width. Their claws range from 4 to 6 inches long. These powerful predators are impressive to behold.

Grizzly bear on cliff

Grizzly bears, a subspecies of brown bears, stand over 3 feet tall on four legs.

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What Is the Biggest Bear to Ever Live?

Giant grizzly bears may seem pretty big, but history reveals there were even more giant bears that died out long ago. The Arctotherium angustidens, or giant short-faced bear, lived over 12,500 years ago. These giant bears grew to 2,000-4,000 pounds! These creatures could look a full-grown man in the eyes when standing on all fours. The only living relative of these giant bears, the spectacled bear, lives in modern-day South America.

Spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), also known as the Andean bear, Andean short-faced bear, or mountain bear

Giant short-faced bears are related to only one living species, spectacled bears.

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Are Kodiak Bears Bigger Than Grizzlies?

Yes, Kodiak bears are one of the largest living bear species. What’s the difference between Kodiak bears and grizzly bears? Well, Kodiak bears grow over 1,500 pounds and stand 8-10 feet tall, while grizzly bears weigh up to 1,200 pounds and only stand at 5-8 feet tall. Kodiak and grizzly bears live in the same areas and compete for resources. The largest known Kodiak bear lived at the Dakota Zoo. He weighed 2,130 pounds when he died at 22 years old in June 1987. The keepers called him Clyde.


Kodiak bears are giants among bears, reaching up to 300 pounds more than grizzly bears.


What Is Bigger Than a Kodiak Bear?

Polar bears claim the title of the largest bear species on our planet. With the most giant adult male polar bears weighing in at 1,700 pounds, they make grizzlies look small. Some records show that due to the dwindling populations of each, grizzly and polar bears have mated on occasion. The resulting offspring, referred to as pizzly bears, appear like a much lighter version of a grizzly. These hybrids occur both in the wild and in captivity. Pizzly bears (or grolar bears, depending on which species is mother and father) range in looks and features. Most are smack dab in the middle of the two species.

Polar Bear vs Grizzly - Pizzly Bear

Recently, records indicate that grizzly bears have mated with polar bears.

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Rachael Monson is a writer at A-Z-Animals where her primary focus is cats, big and small. She also works as senior veterinary assistant and has been in that field since 2012. A resident of Mississippi, she enjoys spending her off time playing video games with her husband and hanging out with her pets (a Bengal cat named Citrine and Basset Hound/Pomeranian mix dog named Pepsi).

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