WILD NATURE

Polar to Panda: Bears, Worldwide

Brown, Black, Polar or Panda, bears are both dangerous and playful. What is it about these creatures that's so engaging? Here, our favorite bears. 

Wondering Bear

Why so serious? This 300 pound wild bear wonders from his treetop spot in Reno, Nev.

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Bears Wrestle in Switzerland

Brown bears swim in the pond of their newly-opened joint bear and wolf enclosure in the animal park in Goldau, central Switzerland, Friday, June 26, 2009.
AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler

Feeding Rambo

Bear trainer Mircea Molnar feeds Rambo, a four-month-old brown bear, before handing it to authorities in Pantelimon village, near Bucharest July 30, 2009. The Veterinary Authority confiscated four bears from Molnar's home as he did not have ownership documents and under a newly passed animal protection law, the bears were not kept in ideal living conditions. The bears were sent to a bear sanctuary in the Carpathians mountains.

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Finn Lies Quietly

A handout picture shows bear Finn, lying tranquilized under medical observation in his enclosure in Bern November 23, 2009. Finn was seriously injured on Saturday after a policeman opened fire on him to save a man who was attacked by the animal after he entered the bears enclosure of the new built bear park (Baerenpark). The new park with a total of 6,000 square meters, was built to replace the old bear pit (Baerengraben) which construction goes back to the year 1857. The park opened for the public on last October 25.

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Knut Takes a Dip

Polar bear Knut is seen as he plays in the water pool of his enclosure in the Berlin zoo. Female polar bear Giovanna from the Hellabrunn animal garden in Munich, who is temporarily at the Berlin zoo and was presented to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. 

AP Photo/Maya Hitij

Head in a Milkcan

April 18: Vermont Fish and Wildlife wildlife biologist Forrest Hammond tranquilizes a 120-pound Vermont black bear with its head stuck in a milk can in Reading, Vt. It took a state biologist, firefighters and police about 45 minutes to free the bear's head from the can after the animal was found late Sunday morning off Vermont Route 106 in Reading. Officials estimate the bear had its head stuck in the old-fashioned milk can for at least six hours before it was found. Hammond says the bear had been running and bumping into trees and boulders.

AP Photo/Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Forrest Hammond

Polar Prowl

A polar bear is pictured in its pen at the Marineland animal exhibition park in Antibes on the French riviera, on May 10, 2010. A pair of young polar bears, the female being the famous "Flocke" from Nuremburg zoo in Germany and the male "Raspoutin" coming from Russia, arrived at marineland on May 6, 2010, as part of the park reproduction program.

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Black Bear in Aspen

In this photograph taken on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, a black bear forages for food from a dumpster that the animal just tipped over behind an office building in the city of Aspen, Colo.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Walking Panda Bear

Nov. 17: an 18-month old panda bear is trained to walk on its hind legs to build strength ahead of the crucial mating season at a wild animal rescue and research center in Zhouzhi county in northwestern China's Shaanxi province.

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Dance with a Bear

Nine month old Russian bear Mischa (R) plays with a animal keeper next to his sister bear Mascha after venturing outside for the first time in the outdoor facility in the Daellhoelzli Zoo in Bern November 27, 2009. Two young bears where brought as a present during an official visit of Russian President's wife Svetlana Medvedeva in Bern earlier this year.
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Dance with a Bear

Nine month old Russian bear Mischa (R) plays with a animal keeper next to his sister bear Mascha after venturing outside for the first time in the outdoor facility in the Daellhoelzli Zoo in Bern November 27, 2009. Two young bears where brought as a present during an official visit of Russian President's wife Svetlana Medvedeva in Bern earlier this year.

REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

Mr. Chow

Check out fourteen-year-old Axhi devouring a pumpkin! Axhi along with other animals were given pumpkins to play at the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill.as part of the zoo-wide behavioral enrichment program. 

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Meditating Bear

Looks like this lonely fellow needs a mate! He has dedicated his time to securing the ridge overlooking Sedge Bay on the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park. 

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A big wet one!

Flocke, a polar bear residing at the Marineland aquatic park in Antibes, southeastern France, had no problem kissing the spectators and even raising her foot while doing so. Very classic! 

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The Best of Friends

Don't these two look exactly alike?! Bob Kaltenbaugh sits next to his taxidermy black bear in his showroom at Walker Chevrolet, in sandy Lake, Pa. 

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Bear Gone Gymnast

This poor grizzly had to be sedated in order to be rescued after getting stuck in a tree. Officials in Missoula Montana placed a trampoline so the sedated animal could fall back to safety. OUCH! 

Gymnast Bear (Continued)

Gymnast Saga

Having been sedated this bear's last hope for rescue was to plunge to a trampoline in Missoula Montana. Here the animal can be seen plummeting down to the ground after  bouncing on the trampoline. 

Gymnast Finally Lands

The sedated bear, from Missoula Montana, finally crashes into the ground head first... no worries! This grizzly is safe and sound.

Polar to Panda: Bears, Worldwide

Brown, Black, Polar or Panda, bears are both dangerous and playful. What is it about these creatures that's so engaging? Here, our favorite bears. 

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