The Kermode bear, also known as the spirit bear, is a subspecies of American black bear found exclusively in Canada. Although you might think it at a glance, they aren’t albino or related to polar bears. Instead, Kermode bears have a special gene unique to the subspecies.
History: Endemic to British Columbia, spirit bears hold a prominent place in the folklore and cultural traditions of the surrounding human populations. In fact, they are the official provincial mammal of British Columbia. Interestingly, researchers have surmised that the unique coloration of the Kermode bear actually makes them better hunters of fish during the daytime when compared to normal black bears, because their light fur in combination with the sunlight makes them less visible to marine life.
Scientific Name: Ursus americanus kermodei
Characteristics: Similar in temperament to black bears, Kermode bears are generally shy and avoid confrontation, depicted by this figurine’s timid gait. Expertly painted and professionally sculpted with superior quality, this Kermode bear toy figurine can serve a wide range of functions, from education to play.
Size:4.5 inches long and 2.5 inches tall, this Kermode bear toy model is a touch smaller lengthwise than a dollar bill stood on its side.
The Kermode Bear is part of the Wild Safari® North American Wildlife collection
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