Bears are some of the most ferocious, powerful and dangerous animals on Earth. Getting attacked by one is no joke (ask Leonardo Di Caprio). But are bear attacks on humans really that prevalent? Or are they actually friendly? And just how powerful and good at hunting are they? So many questions. So, let’s get to the answers. Let’s get to 15 Unbelievable Facts About Bears.
- There are eight bear species: American black bear, Asiatic black bear, brown bear, giant panda bear, polar bear, spectacled bear, sloth bear and sun bear.
- Bears range in their size mainly depending on their subspecies and gender. But grown bears can weigh anywhere from 70 to 700 kilograms or 150 to 1500 pounds and be 60 cm to 2.4 meters or 4’9 to 7’8 in height. American black bears are smallest and polar bears are the biggest. Also, the largest ever recorded polar bear weight whopping 1002 kg or 2200 pounds!
- Most bears have 42 teeth.
- All bears living today have one common individual ancestor – a female brown bear who lived in Ireland 50000 years ago.
- Bears are terrifyingly good at climbing and swimming. I mean, polar bears can swim up to 161 kilometers or 100 miles without resting and can do so at speeds of 96 kph or 60 mph.
- While most bears usually only attack humans when their offspring are threatened, they themselves are attacked or they are very hungry, polar bears are one of the rare animals left on Earth that view us as food and are incredibly dangerous to us, considering that they’re also the biggest and strongest of all bears. And the biggest land predators on Earth. So yeah, there’s that.
- Adult bears are often capable of running at 65 kmp or 40mph.
- Under their fur, polar bears have black skin.
- Out of all the 8 bear species, polar bears are the only true carnivores that only eat meat, whereas panda bears mostly eat bamboos and the rest 6 bear subspecies are omnivorous.
- If you ate a grown polar bears’ liver whole, you would die. Humans can’t handle that much vitamin A.
- Polar bears can smell their prey on the ice 32 kilometers or 20 miles away. In fact, their sense of smell is much better than that of dogs or cats. IN FACT, it’s so good, they might have the best sense of smell of all mammals.
- Grizzly bears have a bite-force of over 8,000,000 pascals, which is enough to crush a bowling ball. On top of that, they have a mouth gape of 30 centimetres, with 5 centimetre canines, making them capable of showing large objects into their mouths and then crushing them. So yeah, don’t mess with grizzly bears…
- Bears are also thought to be perhaps the most inteligent mammals of their size. They have been known to even cover their tracks so that hunters couldn’t find them.
- Bears do not urinate while they hibernate. Their bodies convert urine into protein and use it as food.
- And… I’ve left the best for the last. Ready for this!? Human pollution has caused the average length of polar bears’ penises to shrink. Yeah, we’re truly something special, aren’t we? And on behalf of all good willing human males, we’re sorry male polar bears…
So, how was that? Surprising? Bears can truly be dangerous and fearsome, but not all of them all the time. They can be quite cute and playful also. And that concludes this article about 15 Unbelievable Facts About Bears.