At the Detroit Zoo
Brown bear Polly was rescued from a travelling circus and adopted by the Detroit Zoo in 2000. If you look closely, you can see a marking on her face that some say resembles an angel. Polly can be found in the bear dens south of the giraffes.
The brown bear has a large head, prominent shoulder hump and massive paws. The large hump on its back is packed with muscle and it has long sharp claws which makes this bear a perfect digging machine. Its coat can be brown, blonde or black.
Scientific name: Ursus arctos
Continent: Asia, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and North America
Habitat: Temperate and coniferous forests, open fields, mountain highlands, tundra and arid regions
Size: 10 feet long; up to 4 feet at the shoulder
Weight: Males can be 300-1,200 pounds; females can be 175-550 pounds
Diet: The brown bear is an omnivore, feeding mostly on plant material with insects, fish and mammals.
Reproduction: Gestation six to nine months; one to four cubs
Lifespan: 22-27 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern