23 April 2012

brown bear

bears have an interesting existence. this might be too simplified, but essentially they eat enough so that they can last the winter hibernating. prior to hibernation season, they'll eat around 40 kilograms of food. every. single. day. once they've dug their dens for the winter, they spend that time resting. females use this time to birth their cubs as well. after this time, they'll shed half the weight and the cycle repeats. i used to think that brown bears are strictly solitary creatures but they do seem to gather in alaska in the summer for salmon spawning. also, if you run away from a brown bear, it most probably can catch you. leave the momma's cubs alone though, and you should be good. apparently. ursus arctos in moleskine.

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