- A male bear is called a boar or a he-bear. A female bear is called a sow or a she-bear. A group of bears is called a sleuth or sloth.
- The word “bear” is an Old English word, derived from the Proto-Indo-European *bher-, meaning “bright brown.”
- The symbol of the United Russia Party is a bear. In fact, bears have traditionally not only been a symbol of pride and power in Russia, but have also been common images in fairy tales and myth.
- The Ursa Major or “Great Bear” constellation is the third-largest constellation and contains the Big Dipper.
- The bear ancestor is an offshoot of the ancient Canidae family of dogs, wolves, foxes, and coyotes.
- The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is the largest bear species. A male polar bear can measure up to 10 feet long and weigh 1,500 lbs., which is about the weight of eight human adults. Female polar bears are up to 50% smaller than the males.
- Polar bears are the only bear species that is a marine mammal.
- A polar bear’s fur ranges in color from ivory to pale tan. Underneath its fur coat, the polar bear’s skin is black to help absorb heat from the sun.
- The name “grizzly bear” refers to the silver-tipped or
“grizzled” hair of a brown bear.