Adorable bear cubs cross lake by hitching a ride on mother’s back

Caters_NewsPublished: June 29, 2017Updated: July 3, 20171,028 views
Published: June 29, 2017Updated: July 3, 2017

By Jack Williams This is the adorable moment a pair of bear cubs successfully crossed a large lake – by hitching a ride on their swimming mother’s back. The eye-opening footage shows the mother bear tirelessly paddling through the large body of water while her two cubs perched on her neck in order to stay.

Bears include the most massive extant terrestrial members of the order Carnivora. Polar bears weigh up to 1,600 lb (730 kg). The smallest are the sun bears of Asia, which weigh up to 150 lb (68 kg). Body weight varies throughout the year in bears of temperate and arctic climates, as they build up fat reserves in the summer and autumn and lose weight during the winter. Head-and-body length can range from 150 cm (59 in) in sun bears to 244 cm (96 in) in polar bears.

Unlike most other land carnivorans, bears are plantigrade. They distribute their weight toward the hind feet, which makes them look lumbering when they walk. They are capable of bursts of speed but soon tire, and as a result mostly rely on ambush rather than the chase. Bears can stand on their hind feet and sit up straight with remarkable balance. Their front paws are flexible enough to grasp fruit and leaves. Bears' non-retractable claws are used for digging, climbing, tearing, and catching prey. The claws on the front feet are larger than those on the back and may be a hindrance when climbing trees; black bears are the most arboreal of the bears, and have the shortest claws.

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