Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Can you bear more bear?

I know I blogged about bears a couple weeks ago, but turns out I missed a number of bear species. So for the next 5 days, I’ll cover the others. (And, if after those 5 days I’m still missing bears, please let me know!)

The only South American bear is the Spectacled Bear. The markings around their eyes, that give them their name, can be used to identify individual bears. Not all of them have the markings reminiscent of glasses, however.

These bears, although omnivores, prefer fruits and bromeliads.

This video tells more about the spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear.

Since Paddington Bear—you may remember the stories from when you were a kid—came to England from Peru that would make him a spectacled bear, too! According to this article, Paddington will be appearing on the big screen, though no date was specified.


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