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Bears – The Large Lumbering Animals  

What animal is an expert fisherman, can climb trees and enjoys dumpster diving? If you guessed the bear, you’re right. Bears are large, lumbering animals. They walk on all four paws but can rise up on their hind legs.

Malayan Sun Bear Image - Science for Kids All About Bears

All About Bears: Malayan sun bear is the smallest bear on earth

Bears are carnivores, or meat eaters, but most of them eat berries, roots and nuts too. They love human food and dog food and can sniff out snacks. There are eight species of bears – brown bears, American black bears, Asian black bears, giant panda bears, sloth bears, sun bears, spectacled bears and polar bears. Of the eight species, six are threatened with extinction.

Polar Bear Image

Most experts think all about bears is that the polar bears are the largest.

Fun Facts about Bears for Kids

  • Koalas are not bears. They are marsupials.
  • The dawn bear was the first bear. It lived more than 10 million years ago.
  • In the north, bears sleep in the winter, but they don’t hibernate. Hibernating animals have a very low temperature. Bears just take a long, long nap. Sometimes they wake up and go out in the winter.
  • Bears are related to walruses, seals and sea lions.
American Black Bear with her Cubs Image

American black bears.

Bear Vocabulary

  1. Fisherman: Someone who catches fish
  2. Lumbering: Big, clumsy movements
  3. Carnivore: Eats meat
  4. Extinction: Gone from the planet
  5. Hibernate: Deep sleep with lowered body temperature and heart beat

Learn More All About Bears

Check out this cool video all about bears:

A video documentary about the giant bears – their lives and their habitat.

Bear Q&A

Question: According to legend, where did the word “berserk” come from?

Answer: Vikings in northern Europe believed that by wearing a shirt made of bear skin, they took on a bear’s behavior and strength.

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Question: What did Merida’s mum, Queen Elinor, in the movie “Brave” become?

Answer: A bear.

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Question: What bear is the largest?

Answer: Most experts think polar bears are the largest. Males weigh between 900 and 1,500 pounds. Brown bears are the next largest.

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Question: What is the smallest bear on earth?

Answer: Malayan sun bears. Male bears weigh between 60 and 110 pounds. That’s the size of a large dog.

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Important Members of Bear Family

Find out more information and facts about important members of Bear Family, by clicking on following link:

Brown Bears

Polar Bears

Black Bears

Giant Panda Bears

Sloth Bears

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