Bears are among the most dangerous creatures on the
planet. There are eight different kinds of bears. The
polar bear is the largest species of bear and stands at
nearly 3 m tall. The sun bear is the smallest species of
bear and measures about 1.2 m. The brown bear, the
American black bear, the Asiatic black bear, the
spectacled bear, the sloth bear and the giant panda are
other kinds of bears. Bears have large heads, small eyes,
short muzzles, small ears and huge, powerful paws.
They use their paws for grasping food, digging and
defending their young. Bears are generally diurnal (most
active during the day) and use shelters like caves and burrows as their dens. They have a keen sense of smell and are great climbers and swimmers. Bears live on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
The giant panda is a large black and white bear. They live in central and western China and
feed almost entirely on bamboo shoots. There are only a few hundred left in the wild due to farming and deforestation.
The grizzly bear lives in North America, Europe, and Asia. Grizzly bears are also called brown bears. Grizzlies eat a variety of foods including spring shoots, autumn fruits, honey, and other animals.
There are two kinds of black bear. One can be found in North America and the other can be found in Southeast Asia. Some black bears can be dark brown and reddish brown. They are great tree climbers and can run at up to 40 km an hour.