Ursidae – Bears
Bears share this family with Giant pandas, that are almost entirely vegetarian
Bears present an iconic image and have been part of our culture and civilization from a very early—symbolizing power, strength, and love. In contrast, pandas feel cute and might eat some bamboo leaves later. Bears are sturdy and bulky; multiple layers of fat and fur protect them from chilly climates but don’t be misled by this mirage of a figure because a bear can outrun even Usain Bolt at full speed; what’s more, you ask?
Bears are dextrous swimmers and climbers too. Even if you can escape, remember that a bear can smell your camp from as far as 32 km (20 miles). But don’t be too scared; bears are not generally interested in killing humans (you still don’t wanna attract their attention, though).
Bears have a specialized nose with an excellent sense of smell (also have good eyesight and hearing ability). These omnivorous species have a sweet tooth and love honey.
Genera in this family
Genus of the largest land predators, weighing up to 700 kg (1500 pounds)
The fading black and white bears
The smallest of bears is slowly vanishing from tropical forests of Southeast Asia
This ant and termite eater is native to the Indian subcontinent with two subspecies
South America’s only native bear species, living in the Andes mountains