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Watch This Man Eating Breakfast with His Pet Bear

man eating breakfast with bear
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Most people are satisfied with a dog, cat, or even a hamster. This family has a pet that is slightly bigger and a lot more unconventional. This sight of a man eating breakfast with his bear may seem surreal, but for this family, it’s just everyday life.

How They Ended Up with a Pet Bear

man eating breakfast with bear
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This couple has cared for their pet bear, Stepan, since he was just a 3-month-old cub and they got him from a local zoo. Today, Stepan is 24 years old and almost 800 pounds.

Being Fully Aware That He’s a Predator at the End of the Day

man eating breakfast with bear
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Stepan’s owners state that they’re fully aware that he is a wild animal and predator at heart, so they always pay close attention to his behavior. But they underline that they give him no sedatives or medication and that the most important thing is to feed him well and keep him happy.

Stepan’s Diet

man eating breakfast with bear
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To keep Stepan well fed, they feed him roughly 55 pounds of food every day. This usually includes vegetables, fruit, fish, and porridge (and the occasional sweet snack, of course.)

Bear Joins Breakfast

man eating breakfast with bear
Image by Channel 4 Entertainment via YouTube

Having a bear join you for breakfast is something quite out of the ordinary, but in this household, it’s the norm! The only thing his owners complain about is his table manners – of course, being a bear, he can be quite messy and break things.

Cake For Breakfast

man eating breakfast with bear
Image by Channel 4 Entertainment via YouTube

Today’s breakfast is a bit special – they’re also feasting on a cake that the reporter brought for them. Stepan loves the cake, which doesn’t surprise his owners at all, as he apparently has a huge propensity for all things sweet.

Chunky But Fast Creatures

American black bear (Ursus americanus). Image via depositphotos

Did you know that bears can run up to 35 miles per hour? This speed makes them one of the fastest large predators on land.

A Bear’s Diet: More Than Just Meat

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

Contrary to popular belief, most bear species have omnivorous diets. They can enjoy a varied menu ranging from fish to fruit.

Hibernation Wonders

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

During hibernation, a bear’s heart rate drops from 40-50 beats per minute to just 8. This incredible adaptation helps them conserve energy.

Giants Among Us

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

The largest bear species is the polar bear, with males weighing up to 1,500 pounds and measuring up to 9 feet tall when standing.

Bear Talk: Vocal Giants

Grizzly Bear. Image via Depositphotos.
brown bear
Brown bear. Image via Depositphotos

Bears have a range of vocalizations, including growls, moans, and roars. Each sound has different meanings, from warnings to expressions of contentment.

Solitary by Nature

Mother bear protects her three little pups in the Finnish taiga. Image via Depositphotos.

Unlike wolves or lions, bears are generally solitary animals. They come together in numbers only for mating or in areas with abundant food sources.

Longevity in the Wild

Most Bear-Infested Forests
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) swimming in a river.
Image via Depositphotos

Wild bears can live up to 25 years, though their life span varies significantly across species and environments.

Masters of Navigation

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Brown bear standing on a log. Image via Depositphotos

Bears have excellent memory and navigational skills, allowing them to return to food sources or denning sites across vast distances.

Bear Cubs: Early Climbers

By Charles J. Sharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography.co.uk, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=120317709

Bear cubs start climbing trees within a few months of birth to escape predators and explore their environment.

Swimming Skills

A portrait of a wild grizzly bear.
A portrait of a wild grizzly bear. By Jean Beaufort. Image via https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=300112&picture=grizzly-bear, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82893998

All bear species are skilled swimmers. Polar bears can swim for miles without rest, using their large front paws as paddles.

Night Vision

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Bears have exceptional night vision, thanks to a special layer behind their retinas that reflects light.

Grizzly bear
Close-up of brown bear. Image via Depositphotos

Bears as Gardeners

Grizzly bear in Alaska.
Grizzly bear in America. By Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith – Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos ssp.), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40573930

By dispersing seeds through their droppings, bears play a crucial role in forest regeneration and health.

The Smell Detectives

Grizzly bear in typical landscape of tundra in Denali NP, Alaska, US.
Image by Roussien on Depositphotos

A bear’s sense of smell is 2,100 times more sensitive than humans’, enabling them to detect food, mates, and dangers from miles away.

Temperature Tolerance

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Black bear. Image via Depositphotos

Bears are found in a variety of climates, from the icy Arctic to temperate forests and sweltering swamps.

Bear Conservation

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

Conservation efforts for bears range from anti-poaching measures to habitat preservation and are critical for their survival amid human expansion.

Bears in Culture

Brown bear by Chris Weber with MidJourney
Brown bear by Chris Weber with MidJourney

Bears hold significant roles in the mythology and folklore of various cultures, symbolizing strength, bravery, and wisdom.

Man Eating Breakfast with Bear: Conclusion

Black Bear
Black bear cub. Image by Deposit Photos

This is an amazing Goldilocks story come true. That being said, a bear is always a bear – a wild animal with predatory instincts – so don’t try this at home! Still, it’s fascinating to see how animals can adapt to their surroundings.

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