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If a bear chases you should you climb a tree. Can bears climb trees?

Can bears climb trees?

Adult Brown Bear Climbing A Tree.

If a bear chases you, should you climb a tree? Can bears climb trees? Or is it only a certain species of bears that can climb trees?

Well, this is a question many people ask and one of the greatest myths that is filled with misconceptions and assumptions.

There used to be a general belief that bears can’t climb trees except for the Giant Panda. Others

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Timothy Treadwell aka The Grizzly Man had good intentions for grizzly bears. What can we learn from his story?

Timothy Treadwell The Grizzly Man

Timothy Treadwell April 29, 1957 – October 5, 2003 (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

Timothy Treadwell was a grizzly bear enthusiast and an amateur environmentalist. He was also a documentary and filmmaker and the founder of Grizzly People, a bear protection organization.

Timothy worked as a waiter during winter, then went camping in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve in summer, where he lived among the bears for 13 summers.

He ostensibly wanted to study these wild animals and protect them. Timothy Treadwell and his

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Add your voice to the FOUR PAWS Campaign to end Vietnam’s bear bile farming.

Four Paws Campaign: Bear Bile Farming In Vietnam

For sometime now we’ve been talking about the practice of bear bile farming in parts of Asia.

Just in case you’re new to the subject, bear bile is a substance extracted from different species of bears. It’s a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder and is a major component of many traditional Asian potions.

Bear bile has been used in many countries as a fundamental part of Asian medicine for thousands of years now, Vietnam included. And although there are synthetic options, practitioners and users insist on using the one extracted directly from the bears.

The practice of bear bile farming originated from China before spreading to other countries like Vietnam.

Why Is Bear Bile Farming An Important Issue?

You may wonder “why all the fuss about getting bear bile anyway?”

Well, users believe using it will treat several conditions such as liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, gall stones and so on.

Historically, bear bile was extracted after killing wild bears. But in the 1980s, authorities allowed legal bear bile farms so as to get a steady supply of bile without killing the bears first.

However, though this practice is outlawed in Vietnam and many other regions, it still persists. As a matter of fact, several of these farms still exist throughout Asia today making a tidy profit from selling on the black market.

 Per gram, bear bile is now more expensive than cocaine and even gold!

As you can imagine, bears living in these bile farms are kept in unbelievably cramped metal cages. They live in some of the most unsanitary and heartbreaking conditions possible. In fact, the cages are so tiny that the bears can hardly turn around thereby earning them the name “crush cages.”

Also, the animals are left with gaping wounds, are dehydrated, often half-starved and will remain in these damaging conditions for up to 30 years.

In response to public outcry and continuous pressure from the international community to end bear bile farming, the Vietnamese government in 2005 officially launched its first efforts to phase out the act. Consequently, the number of existing bile farms has dropped by over 70 percent to date.

Meanwhile, over 1,000 bears still suffer daily in the remaining farms. We need to add our voice to free these creatures quickly, and you can help.

What You Can Do To Help

In response to this need, the global non-profit FOUR PAWS has created a microsite that asks visitors “How much can you bear?” The campaign asks you to take an endurance test that will measure how long you can watch the footage of these trapped bears in Vietnam. The video was created by Don’t Panic London and ultimately seeks to spur more people into action by signing a petition against Vietnamese bear bile farms.

The goal of FOUR PAWS is to make the Vietnamese government take more steps to end all bear bile farming by 2020 at the most. In the meantime, rescued bears will be transferred to appropriate sanctuaries.

Please take the test today and let’s get these bears out of the torture they have to endure every day.

 

References:

https://help.four-paws.org/en/save-saddest-bears-end-bear-farming-vietnam

Photo Credit:

www.depositphotos.com

The Grizzly Bear is possibly one of the most “notorious” and well-known bears today.

A Couple Of Grizzly Bears: Grizzly Bear Profile

A Couple Of Grizzly Bears. They Have A Reputation For Being Dangerous But Conflicts Can Be Avoided With Some Precautions.

Grizzly Bear is the common name for a very well-known brown bear subspecies native to North America, parts of Europe and Asia. This bear is one of the largest in the family, coming close behind the Polar Bear and the Kodiak Bear.

It’s known in scientific circles as the North American brown bear or by its scientific name Ursus Arctos Horribilis.

The term “grizzly” could be interpreted as referring to two things: “Grizzled” for its golden/gray tipped hair or “grisly” for its perceived fearsome disposition. Individual bears vary in color from

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Here are 21 facts about bears cutting across different species.

Large Grizzly Bear : Facts about bears

A Large, Adult Grizzly Bear

Bears are well-known animals: some species more well-known than others. Here are some little known facts about them cutting across some of the different bear species alive today.

1) A group of bears is called a sloth or sleuth.

2) The polar bear is the largest of all bears. Males of the species can measure up to 3 meters (10 feet) long and weigh 680 kg (1,500 lbs.) That’s actually about the combined weight of eight human adults. Females are about 50 percent smaller than the males.

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