A team of researchers set out a series of motion activated camera traps in the jungles of Bolivia to get a glimpse of the daily lives of the vulnerable spectacled bears, but I hope that their cameras weren’t rentals…


As you can see from the video below, two groups of spectacled bears were attracted by the camera’s flashes and they unfortunately showed an interest by dismantling their new toys. Thankfully, the scientists thought ahead and set up multiple camera traps to catch these cute bears in the act just in case some of the bears decided to get feisty with some of the low hanging cameras. Spectacled bears are highly intelligent and curious animals, and they couldn’t help but to investigate the jungle’s temporary high-tech upgrade!


Although spectacled bears are doing well in the protected forests in Bolivia, the number of wild Andean bears is estimated to be in decline from around 20,000 to 30,000 individuals living throughout the Andes mountain range of Western South America. Spectacled bears grow up to five or six feet long, eat a varied diet including fruits, berries, small animals, cactus flowers and grasses, and are the only bear and carnivorous species living in South America. The title of “spectacled” stems from the bear’s unique cream to yellowed ring markings that encircle their eyes. Let’s hope that enough cameras go un-chewed so researchers can learn more about the behaviors, population numbers and range of the spectacled bear so we can downgrade them from vulnerable soon!

Sources: DNews, Yahoo! News Canada, Smithsonian National Zoo, National Geographic


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