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Bear Fights Off Two Crocodiles While Swimming In Florida

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Image via Tyler Futrell

One mellow day in DeBary, Florida an extraordinary encounter was caught on camera- a bear fighting off two crocodiles! The bear seemed to not think too much of it.

Setting the Scene

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Image via Tyler Futrell

Someone nearby was just watching the serene St. Johns River flow by, when all of a sudden he spotted a bear swimming by. That in itself is an exciting encounter, but it just keeps escalating.

One Lucky Kayaker

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Image via Tyler Futrell

Meet Tyler, he took the video while kayaking on the river. He spotted the bear swimming over and then noticed that something was wrong. There was a crocodile! They swimming head to head at one another.

The First Attack

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The bear didn’t seem too thrown, it took the crocodile in its stride. Just giving it a few punches with its front paws and the encounter was over. The bear kept swimming, looking rather unphased.

But was it over?

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The crocodile didn’t just sink as you would expect after being defeated. It looked like it had turned and was swimming after the bear. This guy seemed quite determined. But then, he gave up and returned to his day.

Croc #2

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Image via Tyler Futrell

As the bear keeps swimming, it bumps into crocodile number two. Not an easy day on the river for this bear. But what will happen this time? Will the second croc be bigger and stronger?

The Second Fight

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This bear must be a seasoned fighter as he take croc #2 down with just as much ease as the first one. The bear gives the croc a few strong punches with its front paws and the match is over.

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What types of bears are there?

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There are eight species of bears: American black bear, brown bear, polar bear, Asiatic black bear, Andean bear, panda bear, sloth bear, and sun bear. Each has unique traits and habitats.

What do bears eat?

Black Bear walking along a hill. Black Bear Image via Depositphotos.

Bears have varied diets. Most are omnivores, eating both plants and animals. They consume fruits, nuts, leaves, fish, insects, and small mammals. Polar bears mainly eat seals.

Where do bears live?

Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) in the autumn forest. Wildlife scene from nature. Black Bear Image via Depositphotos.

Bears are found in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. They inhabit diverse environments from forests and mountains to tundras and coastal areas, depending on the species.

How long do bears live?

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Bears in the wild can live up to 25 years, with some species living even longer. Captive bears tend to have longer lifespans due to consistent food and medical care.

Are bears dangerous to humans?

North American Grizzly Bear in snow at spring in Western Canada. Image via Depositphotos.

Bears can be dangerous if provoked or threatened. Most bear attacks occur because the bear feels cornered or is protecting its cubs. Generally, bears avoid human interaction.

How big do bears get?

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Kodiak bear. Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from Anchorage, United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Bear sizes vary by species. The polar bear is the largest, with males weighing up to 1,500 pounds. The smallest is the sun bear, which weighs between 60 to 150 pounds.

Do bears hibernate?

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Kodiak bear walking across Dog Salmon Creek. David Menke, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Most bears hibernate during winter, except for the polar bear. Hibernation helps them survive when food is scarce. Their body temperature drops, and their metabolism slows down significantly.

Can bears climb trees?

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Kodiak Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, United States. Yathin S Krishnappa, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Many bear species can climb trees. American black bears are particularly good climbers. This ability helps them escape predators, find food, and sometimes even sleep in tree branches.

What is the main threat to bears?

American Black Bear. Image via Depositphotos.

The main threats to bears are habitat loss and poaching. Deforestation, human encroachment, and climate change impact their natural habitats, while illegal hunting targets them for fur and body parts.

How do bears communicate?

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Bears communicate through vocalizations, body language, and scent markings. They growl, snort, and bark to express themselves. Scent marking helps them establish territory and find mates.

How do bears care for their young?

Three Black Bears feeding in a grassy meadow. Black Bear Image via Depositphotos.

Female bears, or sows, are very protective of their cubs. They nurse them for several months and teach them survival skills. Cubs stay with their mother for up to two years.

Are bears solitary animals?

Grizzly Bear. Image via Depositphotos.

Most bear species are solitary, except for mothers with cubs. They typically avoid each other except during mating season. However, they may gather in groups if food is abundant, like during salmon runs.

How fast can bears run?

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Despite their size, bears can run surprisingly fast. Brown bears can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. This speed helps them hunt and escape danger.

What adaptations help polar bears survive in the Arctic?

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Polar bears have thick fur and a layer of blubber to insulate against the cold. Their large paws help them swim and walk on ice. They also have keen senses for hunting seals.

How do bears influence their ecosystems?

Injured Black bear. Image via depositphotos

Bears play a crucial role in their ecosystems. As apex predators and scavengers, they help control populations of other animals. Their foraging habits also aid in seed dispersal, promoting forest growth.

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