Paddington Bear: 13 things you didn't know - Telegraph

Paddington Bear: 13 things you didn't know

Please save this bear: The spectacled bear, which lives in South America and is the real-life Paddington, is in danger of becoming extinct

A Spectacled Bear Cub. (Aka: An Andean Bear; Native to South America.)

A Spectacled Bear Cub. (Aka: An Andean Bear; Native to South America.

ANDEAN SPECTACLED BEARS....aka the Andean short-faced bear or the Oso achupayaro (the bromeliad eating bear)...lives in cloud forests at high altitudes of the Andes mountains in South America...the only species of bears that lives in the Southern Hemisphere....measure 5 to 6.5 feet long....weigh 310 to 390 pounds....inspired literature's Paddington Bear who came from "darkest Peru" ....does not hibernate as food is available all year round...fewer than 3,000 in the wild

Ojo - Spectacled bear cub Photo by Anna Giulia Salmina — National Geographic Your Shot

Spectacled Bear, Chester Zoo

Elusive in their mountain forest homes, the Spectacled Bear, or Andean Bear, is the only species of bear in South America. Little is known about these shy, rare bears because of a lack of research and the remoteness of their habitat.

spectacled bear, also known as a an andean bear, native to south america by emily stauring

spectacled bear, also known as a an andean bear, native to south america by emily stauring

spectacled bear, also known as a an andean bear, native to south america by emily stauring

Spectacled Bear (Andean Bear) - native to South America. These animals are endangered.

This is one of those rare shots that truly shows personality. This is "pensive."

[A Spectacled Bear: "Pondering Over The 'Bear' Necessities of Life] ** "Me guess food and shelter. Me don'ts worry 'bout mates cuz de females can'ts resist me.

Awww so sweet :) While I can't find the original source, I'm guessing they may be Spectacled Bears (as the pattern doesn't quite fit with the Asiatic black bear/Sun Bear)

A Spectacled Bear Mom ~ Lovingly Holding Her Cub. (Aka: An Andean Bear; Native to South America.

Elusive in their mountain forest homes, the Spectacled Bear, or Andean Bear, is the only species of bear in South America. Little is known about these shy, rare bears because of a lack of research and the remoteness of their habitat.

The spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear and locally as ukuko, jukumari, or ucumari, is the last remaining short-faced bear and the closest living relative to the Florida spectacled bear and .

Spectacled or Andean bears are the only bear species that lives in South America. Today, spectacled bears inhabit cloud forests at elevations between 3300 to 8900 feet. Historically, spectacled bears also inhabited coastal deserts and high elevation grasslands, but the encroachment of humans into those habitats has restricted their range.

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Conservation of the Spectacled Bear in the Bolivian Andes

Learn all you wanted to know about spectacled bears with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.

Learn all you wanted to know about spectacled bears with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.

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