11 Fun Facts About Bears

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Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Here are a few facts that you may not know about them.


1
Polar bears can swim for more than 60 miles without having a break.

2
Bears don't really hibernates, they just sleep through the winter.

3
A panda diet mainly consists of bamboo. They eat about 30 lbs a day.

4
Polar bears and penguins can never be seen together because polar bears live in the Arctic, while penguins live in Antarctica.

5
Pinnipeds are the closest living relatives to bears.

6
A koala is not a bear, it is a marsupial.

7
Bear cubs are born helpless. They can't see or hear and they have no teeth.

8
The Asiatic bear species are black with a creamy colored "V" on their chest.

9
There are only about 1000 giant pandas left in the wild.

10
Six of the eight species of bears are classified as vulnerable or threatened with extinction.

11
Bears care deeply about family members. They will risk their lives and even fight to the death in order to save a cub or sibling from danger.