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10 things you probably don't know about bears

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on Oct. 20, 2015, 9:36 a.m.
A young brown bear relaxes in the forest.

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Say hello to the bear

Bears have stolen our hearts and imaginations time and again, playing the role of many characters — from ferocious predator to cuddly companion. That's just as true of ancient myths as it is of modern movies.

Bears are found in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and such a diversity in range has created an amazing variety of sizes, habits and food preferences.

There are eight species of bear around the world, including the North American black bear, the Asiatic black bear, the brown bear, the giant panda, the polar bear, the sloth bear, the sun bear and the spectacled bear.

From the polar bear, the largest land predator on Earth, to the giant panda that spends hours nibbling on bamboo, to the sloth bear that is known for feasting on ants and termites, the bears of the world have many fascinating traits. Learn more about the quirky side of these amazing animals.