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3 Hibernating Bears

These are three hibernating bears that are part of the Russia's Grizzly Coast Animals exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo. In a couple of months I'm going to be doing a homeschool unit study with the girls about Russia. Thought they'd enjoy seeing some animals that live in Russia as a preview to their unit study.


These are some facts about grizzly bears from the zoo's website:


- Brown bears and polar bears are tied as the world’s largest land-dwelling meat eaters. In America we call the large ones grizzlies. In Russia, they’re called Burii Medved.


- Grizzlies technically don’t hibernate. They do sleep through most of the winter, but can be awakened.


- Brown bears are omnivores - they eat plants and animals. They eat about 25 to 35 pounds of food each day.


- Bears, like people, walk on their entire foot, not on their toes like cats or dogs. They are pigeon toed.


- A grizzly can kill a cow with one blow, outrun a horse, and drag a dead elk uphill.


- Kamchatka’s bears put on up to 400 pounds of insulation each summer so they can survive winter with a six-inch layer of fat.

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Taken on February 13, 2009