Types of Bears

Spectacled Bear

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Four-Eyes: Spectacled bears, also known as Andean bears, have white and light colored rings around their eyes, which make them appear as if they're wearing permanent eyeglasses. Sometimes these white or yellowish markings can extend all the way down to the animals' necks and chests.

Hold the Meat, Please: These bears are mainly vegetarians and love to munch on fruits, berries, leaves, grass and cactus flowers. However, at times they are also known to devour insects and small animals like rabbits, mice and birds.

Not Many Left: Spectacled bears are endangered for a couple of reasons: Poachers hunt and kill them for their fur and meat, and their forest homes are being cleared away and destroyed. It's estimated that there are only 3,000 of these creatures still remaining in the wild.