I won’t go so far as to say the title of today’s post is an improvement from yesterday’s, but I do think it’s slightly less corny. I could be completely wrong and it is possible today’s title is, in fact, even worse than yesterday’s, but I like to be as optimistic as possible, so let’s look for a silver lining, shall we?
As I mentioned yesterday, today’s is once again discussing all thing bear, with this information coming from nationalgeographic.com.
“All bears are considered omnivores—and yes, they all love the taste of honey—but each species has a preferred diet. Polar mostly eat seals. American black bears love berries and insect larvae when they’re available, and giant pandas mainly eat bamboo, though they’ll also eat small animals. Despite their name, sloth bears are ferociously fast eaters, able to tear a hole in a termite mound, push their noses inside, and inhale a full meal in just a few seconds. Brown bears in Alaska gorge on spawning salmon, plucking them from the water or catching them right out of the air as they jump.
Among the biggest threats to all species of bears is habitat loss, especially from logging, agriculture, and growing human populations. Habitat loss reduces the amount of area bears have to hunt and means they’re increasingly coming into contact with humans, which can lead to human-wildlife conflict. Bears are killed out of concern for human safety or in retaliation for hunting livestock or crop-raiding.
Some species of bears, including Asiatic black bears and sun bears, are also threatened by the illegal wildlife trade. Bear bile, which is produced in the gall bladder, is an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. Asiatic black bears and sun bears may be poached for their gall bladders, paws, skins, and other parts. Sometimes American black bears are also targeted for the same reasons.
Climate change is also a significant threat, especially polar bears. They depend on finding seals on sea ice for their meals, and they’ll often pass the summer months without eating while they wait for ice to solidify. Melting sea ice poses an existential threat to polar bears,” the web page states.
There ya have it, folks; I’ve officially written posts about lions, tigers, and now, bears.
We’ve come full circle.