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

Paddington Bear: 13 things you didn't know

Spectacled Bear, also known as an Andean Bear, native to South America - how beautiful!

Spectacled Bear, also known as an Andean Bear, native to South America - how beautiful!

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

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

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

Turbo the Andean bear strikes a pose. Fact: Andean bears have only 13 pairs of ribs, one less than other bears. Photo by Craig Chaddock

Turbo the Andean bear strikes a pose. Fact: Andean bears have only 13 pairs of ribs, one less than other bears. Photo by Craig Chaddock

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.

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.

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