Robert E. Bieder's Bear (Animal) PDF

By Robert E. Bieder

ISBN-10: 1861894821

ISBN-13: 9781861894823

The offended grizzly and the cuddly teddy: few animals own one of these diversity of personas because the undergo. the following, Robert Bieder surveys the wealth of images, myths, and tales that surrounds the undergo. starting with the sunrise undergo, the small dog-sized ancestor of all bears who hails from 25 million years in the past, Bieder embarks on a desirable exploration of the evolutionary background of the undergo kin, from extinct species corresponding to the cave endure and mammoth short-faced endure to the mere 8 species that continue to exist today.

undergo attracts on cultural fabric from around the globe to envision many of the legends and myths surrounding the endure, together with ceremonies and taboos that govern the looking, killing, and consuming of bears. The ebook additionally seems to be on the function of bears in smooth tradition because the topics of news, songs, and movies; as exhibited items in circuses and zoos; and, probably such a lot famously, as toys. Bieder additionally considers the precarious way forward for the undergo because it is threatened by way of lack of habitat, poaching, international warming, and disorder and discusses the influence of human habit on bears and their environments.

followed via a number of brilliant images and illustrations, and written in an attractive style, undergo is an attractive and informative quantity for someone who has curled up with Winnie-the-Pooh or marveled at this strong king of the wooded area.

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When one animal stares intently at something, for example, it apparently creates some kind o f tension. Other animals respond by lifting their heads and turning with­ out hesitation to look at the area where the first animal is staring. In my experience it was most often the subordinate animals that responded first Canis Lupus Linnaeus and the alpha animals last. Perhaps further research will establish a firmer foundation for this. It hints, o f course, at much. T his may be the place to mention something that receives little atten­ tion, the fact that wolves kill each other.

T his may be the place to mention something that receives little atten­ tion, the fact that wolves kill each other. Recent efforts to change the bad image many people have o f the w o lf have led to the suggestion that while wolves may fight, the encounters aren’t fatal. T h is is not true. Wolves do kill each other, especially in captivity. In the w ild, deaths are related most often to territorial trespass, especially when pups are threatened. Strangely behaving wolves— epileptic pups, wolves caught in steel traps and thrashing about, wolves crippled by a moose or gunshot— have been killed by their pack members.

Canis Lupus Linnaeus pounds heavier than females. An average weight for a N orth American w o lf would be 80 pounds, less in southern Canada, more in the north. A mature European w o lf might w eigh 85 pounds. Wolves in the Punjab in India and on the Arabian Peninsula might average 55 pounds. I spent a couple of days south o f the Alaska Range on the Susitna River one spring weighing and measuring wild wolves and when 1 returned home, a friend asked how wolves compared in size to his Alaskan malamute, which m any people think o f as a sort o f carbon copy o f the wolf.

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