Spectacled Bear

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Spectacled Bear

 

(Tremarctos ornatus,) a predacious mammal of the family Ursidae. The body length is 150–180 cm, the tail length 7–10 cm, and the shoulder height 75–80 cm. The weight is 70–140 kg. The fur is coal black or brownish black. The eyes are surrounded by white or yellowish rings, which are connected by a white semicircle on the throat. The snout is shorter than that of other bears. Spectacled bears have a life-span of approximately 20 years. They are found only in South America, where they are encountered in mountain forests at elevations to 3,000 m and, occasionally, in lowland savannas and thickets. The bears feed primarily on grass shoots, fruits, and rhizomes; occasionally they attack deer, guanacos, and vicuñas.

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Made famous in the UK through the classic children's character Paddington Bear, the Andean bear is the only bear to inhabit South America, where its number is in decline.
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Known also as the Andean bear, this curious looking creature is the only extant South American bear and is the most evolutionary unique of the non-panda bears.
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