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The Syrian Brown Bear

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. - Proverbs 17:12

We end our (very) short tour of ancient biblical life with our Israeli member of the Bear family.

The Syrian Brown Bear is omnivorous, feeding on whatever food is available during the season. Though not a particularly ferocious animal, it has been known to raid domesticated livestock for food - to the exasperation of local farmers.

Like all Bears, the Syrian Brown Bear only gives birth during the winter. The cubs are quite small - about the size of a squirrel, but they grow fast, reaching almost 200 centimetres (6.5 feet) in height and more than 200 kilograms (450 pounds).

A word of warning: if you should ever decide to fiddle with this bear's cubs, you'd better be able to run fast. They certainly can - more than 40 kilometres an hour!

Hezi, the head of our Syrian Brown Bear family at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, welcomes you to visit with him and his wives when you are next in Jerusalem. (And, of course, don't forget to see the other biblical animals!).

DID YOU KNOW:

That the Syrian Brown Bear is the only bear in the world that has white claws?

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