Bear, Grizzly

Bear, Grizzly

Lumbering and sniffing around for a snack, this GRIZZLY BEAR puppet is also hungry for love! Decked out in thick, soft, gold-tipped plush, with soft claws and a movable mouth for chewing or chitchat, the GRIZZLY BEAR puppet will soon be your huggable companion.

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Lumbering and sniffing around for a snack, this GRIZZLY BEAR puppet is also hungry for love! Decked out in thick, soft, gold-tipped plush, with soft claws and a movable mouth for chewing or chitchat, the GRIZZLY BEAR puppet will soon be your huggable companion.

Puppet Dimensions
Length          Width           Height       Weight
15″ LONG     8″ WIDE     9″ TALL     8 OZ

Puppet Stats
Puppet Type: HAND PUPPET
Puppet Birthday: 2013 January
Special Features: Movable mouth.

Fun Facts

The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos ssp.) is any North American subspecies of brown bear, including the mainland grizzly (Ursus arctos horribilis), Kodiak bear (U. a. middendorffi), peninsular grizzly (U. a. gyas), and the recently extinct California grizzly (U. a. californicus†) and Mexican grizzly bear (U. a. nelsoni†).

Except for females with cubs, grizzlies are normally solitary, active animals, but in coastal areas, grizzlies gather around streams, lakes, rivers, and ponds during the salmon spawn. Every other year, females (sows) produce one to four young (usually two) which are small and weigh only about 500 grams (1 lb) at birth. A sow is protective of her offspring and will attack if she thinks she or her cubs are threatened.

The word “grizzly” means “grizzled”; that is, golden and grey tips of the hair. This is not to be confused with the word “grisly”. Nonetheless, after careful study, naturalist George Ord formally classified the California grizzly bear in 1815—not for its hair, but for its character—as Ursus horribilis.

When it received its scientific name in 1815, the grizzly was classified as a separate species from all other bears. However, modern genetic testing reveals the grizzly to be a subspecies of the brown bear (Ursus arctos). So in Eurasia, it is the “brown bear”; in North America, it is the “grizzly”.

 

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