Introduction to Bears (02:26)
Host Armstrong Wedgewood turns his attention to the largest land predators on Earth on this episode of “Round Planet.” The North American black bear, China’s panda, and other species thrive in a wide range of environments.
Tibetan Bear (03:02)
The Tibetan Plateau is home to a bear that preys on picas that it digs out of the ground. Tibetan foxes uses stealth to catch critters that flee from bears.
Bee Attack (03:26)
Bears are better at foraging than hunting. A young American black bear finds a bees’ nest in a rotten log and endures painful stings in pursuit of honey.
Ursos Arctos Horribilis (06:37)
In the Rocky Mountains, grizzly bears climb to higher elevations to gorge on moths that cool themselves beneath rocks. These bears need to increase their calorie intake in anticipation of hibernation; they turn to seafood.
Bamboo Eaters (02:32)
Winter arrives, and it is time for grizzly bears to hibernate. They sleep for five months or more during which time they can lose a third of their body weight. The giant panda is the rare bear that does not hibernate.
Tropical Bears (05:56)
The spectacled bear climbs the Amazon rainforest canopy in search of bromeliads. Reinforced teeth help them tear through the fruit’s tough exterior. In India, sloth bears bash termite mounds in search of their favorite food.
Credits: Round Planet: Bears (00:31)
Credits: Round Planet: Bears
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