Like human children, bear cubs are extremely playful; and just like human mothers, if things get too rough, mother bears will make them stop to protect them from hurting themselves.
Excellent sense of smell
Smell is essential in the animal kingdom, though more so to some animals than others. Species with a keen sense of smell use scent to find food and mates, to keep track of their young and to communicate, for example, through territory marking.
Bears are said to have one of the best senses of smell on the planet with some species thought to smell prey over 20 miles away - could you imagine having a nose that powerful? Amazing.
Click on the photos below to find out more about bears and some of the other animals with amazing noses!
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Black Rhinos are actually grey in colour and distinguished from their relative the White Rhino by lip shape and diet.
Black-footed ferrets have a variety of vocalizations, including chatters, chuckles, barks, and hisses.
They might look like a large gentle rabbit, but brown hares are powerful athletes that can reach speeds of 45mph. They’re also famous for their boxing skills!