Clyde, a Kodiak brown bear, weighed 2,130 pounds at the time of his death in 1987 at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, N.D. He was 22. A year prior to his death, zookeepers estimated his weight was close to 2,400.
Kodiak bears and grizzlies are subspecies of brown bears. A large male Kodiak is approximately 10 feet upright and 5 feet on all fours. Females are substantially smaller. The largest bears live in coastal British Columbia, Alaska and the Kodiak Archipelago. Kodiaks are carnivores, but their diet consists mainly of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves and roots. Kodiaks, despite their enormous size, run at a speed of 30 mph. They are dangerous to humans if surprised, or when cubs are present.Learn More
The mythical animal called Bigfoot is described by witnesses as having characteristics similar to a black bear, although with notable differences. Eyewitnesses who claim to have seen a Bigfoot describe it as being larger than a bear and bipedal. Bigfoot is purported to dwell in areas replete with bears, which leads to confusion because many people finding what they think are Bigfoot prints are actually seeing overlapped bear footprints.Full Answer >
Female polar bears are called sows. The male of the species is called a boar, and their young are called cubs. Male and female polar bears only interact during mating season.Full Answer >
Although the largest subspecies of gorilla, the mountain gorilla, has incredible physical strength, a powerful bite and the use of hands, it would have little chance against a grizzly bear in a hypothetical confrontation. A grizzly weighs approximately twice as much as a gorilla and has great strength as well.Full Answer >
Polar bears hunt their main prey, ringed seals, by waiting on the ice near breathing holes that the seals use for oxygen. Once the seals surface, the polar bears attack. Polar bears are creatures of opportunity, hunting and feeding on any convenient wildlife, including whales trapped in ice.Full Answer >