Bears are extraordinarily intelligent animals. They have far superior navigation skills to humans; excellent memories; large brain to body ratio; and use tools in various contexts from play to hunting.
Bears grieve deeply for others. Cubs are known to moan and cry when separated from their mothers. This can go on for weeks if their mothers are killed by hunters.
Bears have excellent senses of smell, sight and hearing. They can smell food, cubs, a mate or predators from miles away. Their great eyesight allows them to detect when fruits are ripe.
Some species of Asiatic bear build nests in the trees. They can use these for hiding, eating and even sleeping.
Bears care deeply about family members. They will risk their lives and even fight to the death in order to save a cub or sibling from danger.
Bears and Human Culture
Bears were often honoured in the cultures of many early civilisations. They were seen as a symbol of power, strength and love.
Vikings and the Celts have many legends about the strength, protectiveness and prowess of bears.
The bear is a common national personification for Russia (and the former USSR) and Germany. The brown bear is Finland’s national animal.