Comment by Stephen Brodie on March 21, 2014 at 3:24pm

sorry to show my ignorance but i didn't think you had bears in Africa  

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on March 21, 2014 at 9:35pm

What a magnificent animal! It's hard to tell from the lighting and angle but I'd say it's a brown bear species. This fellow looks 7 to 8 feet tall and must weigh at least 1000 pounds.

@Stephen Brodie
It seems there are no native bears in Africa (anymore). This must be a photo of a bear in a zoo and surely a well-behaved one to be in so open a habitat. One effortless swipe would smash that man down as if he were made of twigs.

Comment by Stephen Brodie on March 21, 2014 at 10:20pm

Thanks Gallup's Mirror i thought it must have been something like that, you don't think of Zoo's in Africa. 

Comment by onyango makagutu on March 22, 2014 at 5:45am

We have animal sanctuaries, and orphanages that is apart from the game parks and reserves

Comment by Unseen on March 22, 2014 at 9:53am

That looks like a brown bear species. Brown bears have a bit of a dip between their forehead and the bridge of their nose. While some so-called black bears are brown, they will not have that dip. The junction of their forehead and bridge of their nose will be a smooth gentle arc.

Also, it seems rather large for a black bear. A large black bear would be only about 2/3 that big.

It seems very unlikely to be any sort of Asian bear and Africa's only modern bear, the Atlas brown bear, has been extinct for a while now.

Comment by Simon Paynton on March 22, 2014 at 10:34am

Poor little fucker, huh?  I think it wants a conversation. 

Unseen, you know a lot about bears. 

Comment by Unseen on March 22, 2014 at 10:42am

@Simon Paynton - So true.

Comment by SteveInCO on March 22, 2014 at 11:45am

Fun!  Yes, it's a bit interesting.  In other parts of the world, we go to the zoo primarily to see the big game.  African animals.  Elephants, giraffes, rhinos, cape buffalo, etc. though Asia (e.g., Siberian tigers, snow leopards, Indian elephants) gets a fair amount of attention in North American zoos as well.  It stands to reason, of course that an African zoo or reserve might have stuff from here.

It was a bit odd for me to go to the San Diego zoo and see one rather pathetic-looking pronghorn "antelope" (it's not technically an antelope though almost everyone here calls them that) in captivity; it didn't make much sense to me at first to put one in a zoo (and it probably really needed company); they are quite common where I live.  Last time I wrote about them here on T|A, in fact, I drove off to work less than an hour later and saw some.  Pronghorn, by the way, are fantastic long distance runners; there used to be cheetahs in North America so they had to be. I suspect they can do a mile faster than any other land animal on earth (cheetahs are faster but only for a short time, they are sprinters).

(Oh wait, that was over 10,000 years ago supposedly, and the Earth isn't that old, so clearly God just made Pronghorn damned fast for no reason at all.)

Comment by Unseen on March 22, 2014 at 1:39pm

The pronghorn "antelope" (because as you said it really isn't) is in fact the second fastest land animal after the cheetah. BTW, here's an odd fact most people don't know: While the cheetah is the fastest animal on land, the lion is still in the Top 10. This Wikipedia list gives the top speeds of the fastest animals on earth. If you take off the #2 in the list—a bat, which is only fast when it's flying and should be grouped with birds in a flying animals group—the lion is still #6. 

Now cats of all sizes are great sprinters but poor marathoners. A cat who is near a tree and is being chased by a dog will be up the tree in a flash. If he's stuck in the middle of a large field, he may be toast.

Dogs and horses are wildly different critters, but they have one thing in common: great lung capacity which gives them the ability to run at a moderate pace pretty much all day long if they need to and to sprint far longer than any cat.

Comment by _Robert_ on March 22, 2014 at 1:55pm

@Unseen, and then we have humans, the best long distance runners of all...slow as molasses, but we can run almost anything down, given the days it may take. And by then the kill is so easy, even we can do it.

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