What it's like when a hungry polar bear decides you're lunch

Very few predators think humans would make a tasty treat, but polar bears are members of that exclusive club. While shooting his BBC documentary series The Polar Bear Family and Me, filmmaker Gordon Buchanan was approached by a hungry, 1,000-pound polar bear as he sat in his plexiglass pod. He marvels at her strength… » 1/05/13 10:00am 1/05/13 10:00am

Turns out bears aren't actually interested in women's menstrual cycles

Worried that your period will attract unwanted attention from wild bears? Fear not! By referencing actual studies that look at actual bears' reactions to actual human menstrual blood, boingboing's Maggie-Koerth Baker has helped clear up some of the fact and fiction surrounding bears and lady business — and it's… » 8/24/12 3:40pm 8/24/12 3:40pm

How to rescue a trio of bear cubs using a ladder, a truck, and a…

Bears are smart. Like, a lot smarter than most people give them credit for. But that doesn't mean they don't still make mistakes — say, winding up trapped inside a massive trash can, for instance. Fear not, wee ursine triplets! Here come some daring humans to the rescue! » 7/26/12 12:48pm 7/26/12 12:48pm

Analysis of polar bear DNA shows they’re an ancient species with a…

A scan of polar bear DNA has shown that polar bears came into existence far earlier than previously assumed. Working with fossils alone, scientists had thought that polar bears, after intermingling with brown bears, made their first snowy white appearance anywhere between 60,000 to 600,000 years ago. But a genetic… » 7/24/12 1:20pm 7/24/12 1:20pm

This Siberian bear-hunting suit from the 1800s turns you into a human…

We've seen some deranged vintage body armor before, but nothing as gutsy as this costume, which transformed the wearer into a 19th-century Pinhead. A commenter on the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation message boards had this to say about such a suit in 1998 (we're assuming this description refers to … » 7/18/12 10:50am 7/18/12 10:50am

Remembering Private Wojtek, the soldier-bear who fought in World War II

The Second World War has provided a seemingly endless array of fascinating stories — not least of which is the curious tale of an orphaned brown bear who was taken in by the Polish army and made an active member of the troop. As unbelievable as it sounds, Wojtek the bear was an official member of the 22nd Artillery… » 7/14/12 10:20am 7/14/12 10:20am

This is history's greatest photo of a bear beating up a man

For the obvious reasons of human safety and animal cruelty, bear wrestling hasn't been in vogue for several decades. But up until the 1980s, bear wrestling was the stuff of amateur wrestling matches and basketball halftime diversions. Here are some surreal tableaus of humans getting the crud smacked out of them by much … » 7/02/12 2:45pm 7/02/12 2:45pm

Study proves bears can "count" as well as primates

Most people readily accept that bears are smart animals. In fact, most wildlife biologists regard bears as some of the most intelligent land mammals on Earth; and yet, there's very little formal research to support what everyone pretty much accepts as true. Now, in the first study of its kind, researchers Jennifer Vonk … » 6/15/12 4:40pm 6/15/12 4:40pm

This love train of bear cubs grooming is shockingly adorable

Two bear cubs grooming each other is adorable, but a dozen cubs inspecting each other's ears at the same time is enough to give you diabetes. You'll watch the above clip with bated breath, your mind intoxicated with such fevered thoughts as "WILL ANOTHER BEAR CUB JOIN THE QUEUE?" And sweet mercy, the answer is always… » 5/11/12 8:25am 5/11/12 8:25am

Ninja bear is presumably an escapee from secret ursine shinobi…

In the spirit of such furry warriors as Wojtek the cigarette-smoking soldier bear comes Pamir of Russia's Royev Ruchey Zoo. This seven-year-old Himalayan forest bear demonstrates both aptitude with staffs and baseball bats. Is Pamir actually the former resident of some bizarre Soviet-era manimal hybrid laboratory?… » 2/28/12 10:25am 2/28/12 10:25am