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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Grizzly Bear

The name “grizzly bear” refers to the silver-tipped or “grizzled” hair of a brown bear.

Grizzly bears were so feared and respected by Native Americans that hunting them required a company of four to ten warriors and was done with the same preparation and ceremoniality as intertribal warfare.

The first successful operation to remove cataracts from both eyes on a grizzly bear took place on November 5, 1850 at London's Zoological Gardens.

Grizzly bears can remember the faces of other bears they have not seen for ten years or more.

Grizzly bears sometimes cover their tracks for protection against hunters.

An adult grizzly bear can run as fast as your regular horse.

Grizzly bears have a bite-force of over 8,000,000 pascals, enough to crush a bowling ball.

30,000 grizzly bears now live in Alaska. Once plentiful across western North America, only around 1,000 remain in the rest of US, with an estimated 20,000 in Canada.

The grizzly bear is the California state animal, in spite of the fact it is extinct in California.

Polar bears sometimes inter-breed with grizzly bears creating a hybrid bear known as a prizzly bear, or a grolar bear.

Despite their intimidating physiques, grizzly bears more often dine on berries, fruits, nuts and roots than red meat.

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