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Bear Fun Facts

Bear 2Bears kill 6 people worldwide every year.

Bears can run at a speed of 40 mph.

Grizzle or Brown Bears

Grizzle bears can run at a speed of 30 mph.

Grizzle bears hibernate 4-7 months.

A hibernating bear’s heart beat drops to 8 beats every minute (normal is 40 beats/minute).

Convenient Motherhood: A pregnant grizzly bear that goes into hibernation delivers its cub (sometimes up to 3 cubs) while in hibernation. The mother bear does not wake up. The tiny cub knows to nurse from its mother the first few months until spring, when mother bear wakes up! Cubs nurse for the first year, but stay with their mother for three years.

Female grizzle bears weigh about ½ the male weight (females, 350 pounds; males, 700 pounds).

98% of the grizzle-bear population in the US lives in Alaska.

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Polar Bears

Bear polar 3Polar bears can swim 100 miles without rest.

Polar Bears’ main diet is seals.

Polar bears have the ability to smell seals about 20 miles away.

Pregnant polar bears stay in dens during winter time; during this time they give birth and nurse their cub(s).

A mother polar bear nurses its cubs for 2 and ½ years.

A male polar bear can weigh over 1,500 pounds, though most weigh below 1,000 pounds. A female polar bear weighs about 500 pounds.

Polar bears are left handed.

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Koala Bears

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