Group of Bears

Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the entrance to the Hoffman Friedman Playground is the Group Of Bears statue. This whimsical bronze creation has been welcoming children to the park since its installation in 1990.

While there hasn’t been a bear sighting in Central Park in centuries, bears were once quite populous in the region, migrating from the north in the warmer months to hunt along the shores of Manhattan island and purchase souvenirs from the local Indian tribes.

Bears are truly amazing animals. Here are some fascinating facts about them:

To fatten up for hibernation, a bear will consume up to 90 pounds of food a day, eating several small sensible meals low in carbs with water or a calorie free diet beverage.

A Bear’s den is constructed inside a cave or rock cavity, or in a hollowed out tree. They decorate their dens with wood paneling, reclining chairs, and that old coffee table that used to be in the living room.    

Black Bears can run 35 miles an hour. Hybrid Black Bears run a little slower but get better mileage.   

There is no proof that bears will attack menstruating women, and we’re going to leave it at that because talking about this is making me uncomfortable.

Pandas are so gosh darn adorable, aren’t they?

Young bears are called cubs and will stay with their mother for about one and a half years. Longer if they choose not to go to an out of state college. 

Bears are excellent swimmers, but are terrible at diving. 

Bears are usually shy and avoid contact with humans, but will go to extraordinary lengths using a variety of schemes to obtain a pic-a-nic basket.

Polar Bears are the white ones.

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