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Animals - Northern Territory

North American Kodiak Bear - Phoebe
Ursus arctos middendorffi
Range: Alaskan islands of the Kodiak Archipelago
Habitat: Forest areas; winter in sheltered den.
Diet: Mostly grass, nuts, berries, roots, and other vegetable matter; salmon only in the spring. At the zoo she eats AAA meat, omnivore chow, fruits and vegetables.
Fun Facts:
  • The Kodiak bear is a sub-species of the brown bear.
  • Generally bears are not dangerous to humans, choosing to flee when people approach.
  • A bear is most likely to be dangerous when it has not found a hibernation site, when it has been disturbed from hibernation, or if it has not built a sufficient fat supply and cannot "fall asleep" to hibernate.
  • A newborn bear weighs less than a pound. They gain sight after 29-35 days.
  • Mothers are very good and they spend a lot of time raising the young and moving them when they are in danger.
  • The Kodiak Brown Bear is the largest carnivore on the planet standing up to 10 feet tall on its hind legs and weighing up to 1500 pounds.

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