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.
Torpor is used by animals as a way of surviving periods of little food or cold temperatures, similar to hibernation. Animals reduce their metabolic rate and body temperature, which reduces their energy consumption, and thus their requirement for food. Torpor is generally short-term, and could be diurnal, so occur every night.
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The Black Bear is the most familiar and smallest of bears found in North America. Interestingly, despite their name, their coats can be coloured black, brown, cinnamon, blue-black, blue-grey and even white.
Grizzly Bears are a subspecies of brown bear, found roaming the wilderness of North America. They are striking creatures, extending up to 10 feet in height and weighing up to 1200 pounds.
Some hummingbirds are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’s webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles.
The beautiful red fox, with its bushy tail and dog-like features, lives throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Foxes are heavily persecuted for fur, sport and ‘pest control’, but at the same time they have thrived alongside humans in many urban and suburban areas.
Whereas rodents have gnawing incisors that grow throughout life, the teeth of shrews wear down throughout life.