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20 Things You Didn’t Know About … Bears

by Bill Hayes

Discover magazine looks at 20 Things You Didn’t Know About … Bears

10. And Winnie the Pooh aside, honey is not the primary food source for any bear. Even the sun bear and sloth bear, both sometimes called honey bears, feed mostly not on the sweet stuff but on insects — including bees — and fruit.

11. Let’s put another bear-faced lie, or at least a common myth, to rest: Bears don’t hibernate. At least, they’re not true hibernators, like ground squirrels, which lower their metabolic rate by more than 90 percent in winter months. [more]