- Only 8 species of bears are extant.
- Unlike many mammals,
- can see
- in color.
- A group of bears is called a sloth.
- Under their fur,
polar bears have black skin.
- If you eat a polar bear liver, you'll die. Humans can't handle that much vitamin A.
- Polar bears can smell its prey on the ice 20 miles (32 km) away.
- Grizzly bears have a bite-force of over 8,000,000 pascals, enough to crush a bowling ball.
- The prehistoric Finns, along with most Siberian peoples, considered the bear as the spirit of one's forefathers.
- Teddy bears were named after U.S. President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt.
- The original word for "bear" has been lost. Medieval people thought that saying the ferocious animal's name would summon it, so they used a euphemism that meant "the brown one" ("bear").
- only in the Arctic.
- A bear fought in the Polish Army in WW2. He carried shells to the frontline and was taught to salute.
- A grizzly bear has to eat almost 20,000 calories a day.
- Licence plates in the Canadian Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears.
- Theodore Roosevelt had a pet bear while in office.
- There's a shark in Greenland that eats polar bears and can live up to 200 years.
- Male bears are called "boars" and female bears are called "sows."
- Female bears give birth during the hibernation period, and are roused when doing so.
- During hibernation, the bear's metabolism slows down, its body temperature decreases slightly, and its heart rate slows from a normal value of 55 to just 9 beats per minute.
- Bears are typically solitary animals, with the exception of courting individuals and mothers with their young.
- Polar bears can swim 60 miles (96 km) without stopping.