#factswednesday is here! ?
Today’s topic – The Brown Bear (Ursos arctos)
We have heard many different things about these beautiful animals, but which of them are true and which aren’t?
Let’s start with basic facts. There are approximately 180,000 to 200,000 brown bears worldwide. Most of them live in Alaska, Canada, and Russia where the brown bears can still roam on vast areas of land, scarcely populated by human beings and covered in forests. What is interesting is that approximately 70 of them are here in Latvia, and we managed to take a photo of a little bear girl, haha! ?
? The brown bear can reach a weight of between 330 and 815 pounds (150 – 370 kg) depending on the age, sex, and season.
? Despite their weight, bears cover short distances at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 kmh).
? Brown bears are omnivores; their diet is a mix of animals and plants.
? Brown bears are generally loners who will only seek a mate for short periods.
? At birth, bear cubs are blind and naked.
? In the wild, these omnivores spend up to 16 hours per day looking for food.
? Bears have a particularly good nose: their sense of smell enables them to sniff food at a distance of several miles.
? Brown bears in the wild are mainly active at dusk and at night.
? In the wild, brown bears can live between 20 and 30 years of age. In captivity, they can get even older.
? The brown bear is the largest predator still living on the continent of Europe.
Have you heard that bears love honey? Well, that’s true! Bears do love honey and are attracted to beehives. But unlike in Winnie the Pooh, the bears eat more than just honey. They will also consume the bees and larvae inside the beehive, which are a good source of protein, so make sure that your beehives are well protected!
These were the facts that we wanted to let you know, and overall we can conclude that they are soft, fluffy, and huge honey lovers! ?
In the pictures, you can see our cute bear costume ?