Here at Jammy Toast we are never surprised by anything to do with bears. They are one of the most recognisable and iconic families of animals. The eight living species include the Spectacled Bear, Sun Bear and Sloth Bears alongside the more familiar Polar Bear and Giant Panda. Young bears are born in protective dens as they are very small, blind and deaf. But they are not helpless for long, developing and gaining weight rapidly. And therein lies their secret. Their ability to put on weight so rapidly.
Paddington Bear got in touch with us this morning to reveal to us how his wild friends are doing back in darkest Peru. The bear immortalised by Michael Bond in the much-loved Paddington Bear books is happily living in London these days but his wild cousins are under threat of extinction, campaigners have warned. An animal charity is calling for a clampdown on killers of the endangered Spectacled or Andean bear, after wildlife officials found a severed claw at a Colombian National Park headquarters. It was left next to an anonymous note threatening further bear killings.
On Wednesday, we told you about poor Dolores losing her fur and looking rather sad and pathetic. As soon as he heard the news, Edward was shocked. He told us that in his opinion it is the fault of the zoo. Leipzig has a cold climate, being situated in East Germany, and Spectacled Bears – also called Andean Bears – are from a tropical climate. Edward said, “I think that feeding and climate can both be to blame with keeping tropical animals in our colder climate. These poor Bears need to be kept indoors within an imitation tropical climate with a warm temperature, high humidity and with straw for bedding. Furthermore, these Bears are used to having a seasonal pattern not just with climate but also with their behaviour and food. Zoos are not very good at imitating natural seasonality.”