Why Do Bears Wave? – All You Need To Know (2021)
Bears are cute, fluffy, and giant animals. They belong to the mammals just like us, the humans! The little tale, giant body, they are all hairy and cuddly! A bear looks like a soft giant, but, in reality, it is way stronger than it looks. When we visit a zoo, most of us get excited to see the wild beasts present there, and one of them is a bear.
Have you ever wondered why do bears wave? Silly of us to assume you haven’t! Few reasons have been discovered for the wave. But before jumping to this topic, let us know a little about this huge animal!
History of the Fluffy Giant
The evolution of bears started a very long time ago, so long that it dates back to around 30 million years ago! Their ancestors were known as Miacids or Miacidae (scientific name).
The scientific name for bears is Ursidae. It comes from the Latin word Ursus/Ursa, meaning he-bear/she-bear. The word ‘bear’ actually comes from an old English word Bera. And, in the German language, it belongs to a group of names used for a bear.
The word ‘bear’ is also related to a Pro-Indo-European word, which means brown, so the word can also be related to the texture of the fur of this giant floof!
Why Do Bears Wave? Reasons!
Bears are one of the intelligent animals of the animal kingdom. Simultaneously, they are also one of the most feared. Interesting combination, isn’t it? Now, you would have certainly observed or heard about the tendency of bears to wave. Is it just an instinct? Or, does it have some reasons lying underneath?
The primary reason behind waving of bears is that they have gotten an understanding about humans. It is said that bears understand how humans like it better when other animals do human imitations.
In fact, you will often find humans rewarding the animals when they imitate them! Isn’t it fascinating that bears actually understand this behavior of humans just like we are trying to understand theirs?
After proper study and research, the three reasons mentioned below were deciphered for the waving of bears.
Reason 1: Getting Food
Bears need a lot of food to survive and build themselves. Over many years, bears have observed human-kind and learned different ways to ask for food from us. These sneaky mammals have understood that we love when an animal imitates human gestures and a wave is quite a common one!
So, typically to gain food, these giant fluff balls imitate the human wave and successfully get food! They know that if they wave, humans will appreciate it and thus, give them food!
The food consumption of bears is quite handsome too. There are a few bear species that consume approximately 90 pounds of food every single day!
Reason 2: Showing of Dominance
Bears are strong animals. It is typical of them to show dominance. Their size usually determines their strength. However, to show a sense of superiority, you will find them standing tall and waving. Therefore, most of the time, they use the ‘wave’ gesture as a way of asserting their dominance over someone who they think is a threat.
To be more specific, if you find one-two cubs around the bears and you see them waving, this is most certainly the reason behind it. It is also to inform the other animals around that they are getting too close to them. So, a bear wave could also mean a warning from them!
Reason 3: Protection
Sometimes, the wave gesture is not always to be friendly. Bears are really protective of their area and family members such as cubs. Many times, it has happened that a bear feels threatened because of the intrusion and stands tall on its lower hinges and raises its other ones.
If you do not step back in time, they may attack you! So, it is better to stay at a safe distance from these giants even if they sometimes look harmless.
Have you ever wondered how these giants survive in extreme situations? What are the surviving techniques they use to stay alive and fit?
The bear typically lives in the dense forests, grasslands, and mountains. In such areas, food is scarce. Also, to make things a little hard, the usual season is winter.
How do they survive?
The bears basically use the technique of hibernation (except our cute giant panda). Hibernation is basically a state of maximum inactivity and is used by many species of the animal kingdom to help them survive extreme cold regions.
In this state, the body temperature, respiration, and heart rate go to the minimum. Scary, isn’t it? Well, these giants with cute little tails store food as the layer of fats on their body during other seasons. They use this stored fat to survive in the harsh winter season.
Not to forget, they know how to get food quite easily!
Understanding more about the different bear species
Here are the most popular ones you will come across:
Asiatic Black Bears
These bears are also known as moon bears or white chested bears. They are typically found in Asia and are of medium size.
They are also known as grizzly bears in North America. They are very large bears and are just second in size to their brother, polar bear. They are found in Eurasia and North America.
North American Black Bears
These baby bears are the smallest in America and are present in large numbers. They are the least concerned species on the list of IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature).
This bear is the largest among its family members and is usually found in the Arctic region. Unfortunately, because of climate change, this poor thing has lost a large amount of its natural habitat. It is now classified as a vulnerable species.
Bears are one of the most dangerous and strongest animals. They look both adorable and dangerous because of their features. It is typical of them to manipulate to survive.
We understand most of us to love these animals because of the cute gestures they use when we visit them in the zoos! But we should not forget about their wild nature. Therefore, it is best advised to maintain a safe distance from them to keep yourself away from being a threat.