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

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We already brought you part one of this fascinating lists about the well-known animal, the bear. These creatures are smart enough to set off traps to retrieve the bait and come out completely unharmed. Here is part two of the list.

Number Eight: Certain Species Have Black Skin

The polar bear’s fur comes in a variety of colors, from ivory to a pale brown. Underneath this hairy coat, their skin is a black color, which helps them retain heat from solar rays and stay warm in the arctic temperatures of their habitat.

Number Seven: Scientists Thought Pandas Were a Raccoon Relative

For decades, researchers assumed that the Giant Panda was not actually a bear, but a relative of the raccoon. Through DNA evidence acquired later on, they learned that the Panda is indeed a bear.

Number Six: The Bear Has Never Existed in Australia or Antarctica

Though they’ve existed nearly everywhere else on the planet, these animals have never been on either of these continents. They did once live in Africa, as we’ve learned through fossils, but scientists can’t figure out why they don’t exist there today.

Number Five: Not All Bears Hibernate

It’s a common assumption that all bears hibernate for the winter, but there are actually a few species that are exceptions to this rule. One of the exceptions is the sloth bear, which lives in a warm enough climate and does not need to.

Number Four: Worshiped and Hunted Simultaneously

Hunters back in ancient history both revered and hunted these creatures. As a way of showing respect, they would sing and dance and pray that the bears would forgive the hunters for killing them.

Number Three: Valuable Gallbladders

Back in the ’90s, gallbladders from these animals sold in Asia for $1 to $210 a gram. These sought-after body parts often cost even more than gold in some parts of the world.

Number Two: Chinese Bear Farms

About 8,000 bears are kept in China, bred and in captivity for the purpose of extracting their valuable gallbladder bile. This is extracted through a tube inserted in the organ.

Number One: The Living Fossil

The Giant Panda is so old, it’s been described as a living fossil. We hope you enjoyed part two of our list of interesting facts about bears.

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