Posts tagged ‘Shaggy Fur’

Which are the largest bears?

Bears are large, powerful animals with thick, shaggy fur.  They are among the favorite performers in circuses and zoos.

The bear family includes some pretty big bears.

A lion, for example, may weigh as much as 450 pounds.  But a good-sized grizzly bear or polar bear may weigh 750 to 1,000 pounds!

Bear

The biggest of all bears are the big Alaskan brown bears and Kodiak bears found in Alaska and on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska.

Some of these giants may weigh more than 1,500 pounds and may be over nine feet tall when standing on their hind feet.

Bears look clumsy because they walk with a peculiar, shuffling gait, but are not nearly as slow as they look.  They can run faster than any human runner.

Most bears are usually peaceful animals, and run from danger.

But all bears are short-tempered and dangerous, and even friendly, tamed bears cannot always be trusted.

In fact, the grizzly bear is considered by many to be the most dangerous of all North American wild animals. – Dick Rogers

What is a sloth?

Sloth

A sloth is a curious, slow-moving animal that lives in the wet forests of South America.

The sloth has a small, roundish head and long, shaggy fur.  It spends most of its life hanging upside down, holding on to the branches of tree with its hooklike claws.

It does everything upside down.  As it hangs suspended from a limb, the sloth eats nearby leaves and buds.  It even sleep upside down.

Tiny green plants called algae often grow in the sloth’s long hair, making it hard to see in the trees.

The sloth is famous for the slowness with which it moves—its highest “speed” is only several feet per minute along a branch.

This slow-motion animal almost never comes down from its tree home,.  It can only creep along the ground with difficulty.

People sometimes use the word “slothful” describe a lazy person.  It is not hard to see why. – Dick Rogers

 

What is a timber wolf?

Timber Wolf

Most people have a good idea of what a wolf looks like, even if they have never seen one outside a zoo.  The most common wolf in North America is the big timber wolf.

This wild relative of the dog looks very much like a large German shepherd dog and lives in the remote mountains and forests where few people live.

A timber wolf may be nearly 5 feet long and weigh well over 100 pounds.  It is also called a gray wolf because its long shaggy fur is usually gray, but it can be most brown, black or almost white.

Timber wolves often work together in packs to hunt for their food.

People  who make a study of wolves think that the howls of wolves in the nighttime are calls to other wolves to help keep the group together even long distances.

Fearsome stones are often told of wolves attacking people but few reports of a wolf attack have been proved in North America. – Dick Rogers