Bear Facts: 15 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Power and strength are things that all people see when looking at a bear. However, there are many other things that people don’t realize about them. Earlier, we discussed some of the ways that these omnivores are wonderfully unique. Here are the rest.

Number Eight: Their Teeth Tell Their Age. One of the most wonderful things about science is the ability to discover age. The best way to find the age of a bear is by taking a cross section of one of their teeth. Like trees, bear teeth have rings which reveal age.

Number Seven: They’re Multilayered. When people look at these animals, all they may see is a lot of strength covered in a lot of fur. And, yet, there is more than what meets the eye. These beasts have two layers of fur. The short coat allows them to retain and control their temperature while the second helps them deflect water.

Number Six: They’re Hard to Trick. Hunters in the past have tried to trick bears by setting traps, and it sometimes works. Having said this, bears are smart enough to find ways to set off the traps  – without injury – in order to eat the food they want. One time, a bear was even caught rolling a boulder into a trap!

Number Five: They’re Bowlegged on Purpose. Anatomically speaking, bears are bowlegged. While, in humans, this is not beneficial, it is so for bears, which use their bow leggedness to help them balance.

Number Four: They’re Omnivorous, Mostly. Almost every bear is an omnivore, meaning that they gain their sustenance from eating animals and plants. Polar bears, in contrast, are completely carnivorous.

Number Three: They See in Color. Many mammals can’t see color, which makes humans strange, among many other reasons. The bear also happens to be strange, for it too has the ability to see in color. Their vision is also quite similar in quality to human vision, oddly enough.

Number Two: Their Bellies Bear a Lot. At a single time, this animal can carry up to 150 pounds of meat in their stomach. Wow!

Number One: They’re Boars.  Well, sometimes. Males are known as boars, but they have no connection to the animals of the same name. They are also known as he bears.