The bear is a mammal that is widespread around the world. Although there are only a limited number of species, they occur in many places on the continents of America, Europe, and Asia. There are currently eight bear species (spectacled bear, brown bear, American black bear, Asian black bear, sloth bear, sun bear, giant panda, and the polar bear). From the eight different kinds of bears, there are two bears who stand out a little. One is the giant panda, who only eats bamboo. Second is the polar bear, who is a real meat eater. All other bears are real omnivores and eat almost anything they can find for edible food in their environment: meat, fish, insects, plants, and berries. When we talk about the bear, we usually think of the brown or black bear. Bears are impressive animals, which you can better avoid. For example, a grizzly bear (a kind of brown bear) can be as much as 1,000 kilograms and three meters tall. Besides being big, they are also very strong.
Due to the shrinking of the habitat and the hunt for trophies and Asian medicines, many mountain species are threatened.
Bears are known for their hibernation, but they do not actually sleep through the whole winter. They do rest a lot and find the warmth of their den. Occasionally they come out of their warm holes to eat or drink.
Because it is such a beautiful animal, it is also frequently used as a symbol. The Native Americans look at the bear as a symbol for rebirth due to the fact that bears return after their hibernation. There are constellations of the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Also in a lot of countries the bear stands for strength and protection: e.g. the Russian bear stands for the powerful Russia and did you know that the names of Berlin and Bern come from the bear? Well-known bears are, for example, Winnie the Pooh and Yogi Beer.