Spectacled Bear

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Spectacled Bear

Spectacled BearOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Japanese Name: メガネグマ
Romanised Name: Megane guma
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Tremarctos ornatus
Distribution: South America
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 20
Read More: Spectacled bear
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Spectacled Bear Nexon Game

The Spectacled Bear is a type of Bear Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Spectacled Bear's hair is long enough to be tied into pigtails by hair ties, she has ginger-coloured markings across her hair and her furred scarf. Her outfit is composed of a sleeveless sweater with a V-neck, covering a white shirt with short black & white sleeves and a yellow tie. She wears armwarmers with furred cuff, a grey compression short accompagnied by a short blue skirt with a single white stripe around the edges, and fur-lined boots. As her name stands for, she wears glasses. She has the ears and the tail of a spectacled Bear, and she carries an enormous paw as a weapon.

In Real Life

Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) at the Houston Zoo

The spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), is the last remaining short-faced bear. The spectacled bear has a reputation for being adaptable, as it is found in a wide variety of habitats and altitudes throughout its range, including cloud forests, high altitude grasslands, dry forest and scrub desert, at altitudes of 250 to 4,750 metres, to the snowline. [2]

Besides giant pandas, spectacled bears are probably the most herbivorous bear species. They seem to have a strong preference for bromeliads and fruits. They have a suite of physical adaptations for this life style. Anatomical skull and dentition adaptations to grind and a pseudo-thumb to aid in consuming a diet of fibrous, hard vegetative matter. The spectacled bear will also strip bark from trees to feed on the nutritious layer beneath. [1] [2] [3]

Spectacled bears are excellent climbers and commonly build tree platforms where they rest, as well as guard feeding areas. As food is available all year-round in most parts of their range, Spectacled bears do not hibernate. The spectacled bear is generally solitary, although it has occasionally been seen feeding in small groups. [1] [2]

As with many species, loss of habitat plays a major role in the population decline of spectacled bears. This creates small isolated island populations of bears. Since spectacled bears rely on different habitats to produce their food supply during different seasons, it is essential to preserve large areas to ensure that the bears have a sufficient supply of food throughout the year. A total of 58 protected areas have been established across the Spectacled bear distribution. [3]

Trivia

  • The children's character Paddington Bear is a spectacled bear, famously from "darkest Peru". In the documentary Paddington Bear: The Early Years, British actor Stephen Fry encounters a spectacled bear called Yogi, which was kept in a small cage by Andean villagers. Fry bartered with the villagers to have the bear released, and it was taken to an enclosure in Machu Picchu.

References

1. Goldstein, I., Velez-Liendo, X., Paisley, S. & Garshelis, D.L. (2008). "Tremarctos ornatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

2. Spectacled bear videos, photos and facts – Tremarctos ornatus. ARKive.

3. Kesley Fenner. "Tremarctos ornatus". Animal diversity Web. University of Michigan, museum of zoology.

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