The Kermode, or spirit bear, is an endangered animal closer to extinction than the Great Panda. This creature lives on the tropical islands off the coast of British Columbia. One thing that few people realize about the spirit bear is that it is just a type of black bear. The reason that they are so rare, though, is that both parents of the bear must have a recessive gene. This gene is very similar to the gene that makes humans have blue eyes or red hair! To have red hair or blue eyes, both parents must have that gene in their DNA even if they don’t have red hair or blue eyes. This means that two black bears could still have a white spirit bear baby because they carry that gene.
One thing to note about the spirit bear is its unique diet. The spirit bear must eat up to 18 pounds of food every day, with the minimum amount of food being 11 pounds. The spirit bear will eat nuts, berries, and fruits but are most known to eat salmon. They have a much easier time catching the slippery salmon than their black counterparts do. This is because their white fur makes them harder to see. Along with salmon, they will eat small animals such as baby deer and baby moose. The spirit bear must eat so much because it hibernates in the winter and can stay hibernating for up to 7 months!
All in all, the Kermode Bear is a breathtaking sight to behold and is extremely rare. The spirit bears are also just black bears that have white fur. There is even a one in three chance of a black bear being born with white fur. The spirit bears mostly stay alone, though they do mate in the summertime. Currently, it is illegal to hunt or kill a spirit bear. The spirit bear spends most of its time foraging for food for winter and can live up to 25 years. The only place that people will ever see the bear in person is on the shore of the island because the bears only come out of the deep parts of the rainforest to fish for food. In conclusion, the spirit bear is an extremely rare and unique animal that people are trying to save and, in turn, saved its rainforests.