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Black Bear Sees Its Reflection For The First Time

Bear sees reflection

Watch as a black bear sees its reflection for the first time in this comical encounter and discover more about these omnivores in North America.

Must-watch video at the end of this article!

Where Do Black Bears Live?

Black bear in the forest, Canada, summer season. Image via Pexels.

Black bears are versatile beings when it comes to their habitat. They call North America home, inhabiting diverse regions, from dense forests to swamps, mountains, and even arid deserts. Their adaptability allows them to thrive in various ecosystems, provided they have ample cover and food sources. 

These adaptable creatures have a remarkable way of finding their niche, making them one of the continent’s most widely distributed bear species. 

What Do They Eat?  

Black Bear with a Flower in its Mouth. Image via Pexels.

One of the most astonishing aspects of black bears is their diet. They are omnivores and have a diverse palate. They enjoy various foods that change with the seasons, predominantly eating tender grasses, plants, and insects in spring. 

In summer, they eat succulent berries, while fall sees them foraging for nuts, acorns, and fruits to fatten up for winter hibernation. 

Surprisingly, black bears are also known to hunt small mammals and even deer when the opportunity arises. This adaptability in their diet makes them resourceful survivors in their ecosystems.

What Does Their Life Look Like?  

Black Bear ambling in a forest. Image by JT Ray on Unsplash

Black bears reproduce slowly, with females typically giving birth every two to three years. Mating usually occurs in early summer, with females undergoing delayed implantation, allowing them to time their cubs’ birth for optimal conditions, usually when they are in hibernation.

Cubs are born in the winter den, typically in January or February, and the mother invests considerable effort in their care. 

She’ll nurse and protect them until they’re ready to venture into the world independently, usually at about 1.5 years of age. 

Understanding Their Behavior

Baby Black Bear.
Baby Black Bear. Image by via Depositphotos

Despite their size and reputation, black bears are often considered shy and reclusive animals. They prefer to avoid confrontations with humans, and most encounters result in them quickly retreating into the safety of the forest.

However, they are curious, and their interactions with their surroundings can be fascinating and unpredictable. We also analyzed a relationship between a bear and a human here to dive deeper into how their behavior can change in captivity.

Bear Sees Its Reflection For The First Time 

Black Bear in dense folliage. Image by Pete Nuij via Unsplash.

While black bears are generally known for their secretive behavior, occasional amusing encounters have occurred between humans and these magnificent creatures.

One such instance was captured in a video shared on social media. In this captivating clip, a black bear encounters its reflection for the first time in a mirror.

At first, it appears the bear has stumbled upon a rival and engages in a playful yet fierce interaction with its own reflection. The bear seemingly tries to intimidate its “opponent.”

Ultimately, the mirror ends up breaking off the tree. While the video offers a lighthearted moment, it also highlights the curiosity and intelligence of these creatures, and how sometimes the effects of our actions could provide confusion to these creatures.


YouTube video
Bear Gets Surprised By It’s Mirror Reflection. Source: YouTube, Channel: TIMES NOW

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J Jager

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Lovely story, as we all sometimes fight with the face in the mirror!


Sunday 17th of September 2023

The article was interesting but the video is disturbing. Mentally disturbing him for the sake of video seems cruel. It turned our stomachs.

Friday 6th of October 2023


Monday 25th of September 2023

@Tania, shut up idiot!

David Martin

Monday 25th of September 2023

@Tania, That mirrors my thoughts too...


Monday 11th of September 2023

Great informative article Alana

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