The European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos) is the smallest in the brown bear family. Other brown bear family members are the Grizzly and Kodiak. It is also called the Eurasian Brown Bear.
It has dense brown fur. It has a round head, wide skull, small ears, and a mouth with 42 sharp teeth. It also has large, powerful paws with sharp 10 centimetre long claws.
The European Brown Bear can grow to 2.5 metre (8.2 feet).
The European Brown Bear is an omnivore; the largest omnivorous mammal in the world. In the wild, bears have a varied diet, ranging from grasses, herbs, roots, berries, nuts, as well as insects, mammals, and fish.
They are found in Siberia, Northern Europe and Southern Europe.
Female European Brown Bears are pregnant for 180-266 days, before giving birth to one bear cub.
They can live for 25-30 years in the wild.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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