Watch this rock-climbing bear cub!
Watch this rock-climbing bear cub! A bear cub followed its mother up a near-vertical rock face (YouTube)
Watch this rock-climbing bear cub!
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Mountain goats, youre on notice! A brave little bear cub followed its mother up a nearly vertical rock face. This video shows that bears can rock climb with the best of them.

The ability of bears to climb trees and ladders has been documented widely. But this is one of the first times bears climbing rocks have been recorded. It was caught by Stephanie Latimer, a self-described nature enthusiast. She captured the moment while kayaking through Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park in Texas.

These are Mexican Black Bears, a subspecies of black bear listed as endangered in Texas. They grow to weigh 200-400 pounds.

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Critical thinking challenge: How can bears climb rock faces without the special equipment that humans require?

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  • samanthacr-Koc
    5/07/2014 - 07:15 p.m.

    Bears are way different than humans. They have paws with claws and sharper teeth for eating things whole. It's possible for bears to climbs things like trees and ladder but now rocks too. Their paws give them the ability to do so. Obviously it is much more difficult than an ordinary tree but it is possible.

  • John0724-YYCA
    5/07/2014 - 08:50 p.m.

    I never knew that one of the bear's ability is climbing mountains. When I saw the you tube video about the bear climbing the bear was good at climbing. And also the bear was really cute while it was climbing. But I wonder why the mother bear just left when the bear cub was still climbing?

  • TobiasPeters-Lar
    5/08/2014 - 11:46 a.m.

    like how the bear cub can climb that big rocky mountain hes probably a spider bear trying to crawl up the mountain that is the coolest thing ever that can climb a big mountain probably to the top

  • colleenl-Ste
    5/08/2014 - 01:15 p.m.

    Watching these bears climb rocks while out kayaking seems to be an awesome experience. If I were the person recording this, I would be in full-on little kid mode and be screaming about how cute it is.

  • NicoleK-5
    5/08/2014 - 06:58 p.m.

    A little brave bear followed its mother up "a nearly vertical rock face." This bear was videotaped while doing so. Bears have been known for their ability to climb ladders and trees, however this was the first time a bear was recorded climbing a rock wall. If I were this bar I'd be so afraid.

  • RaeC-5
    5/09/2014 - 12:30 a.m.

    This article is about Mexican Black bears that weigh about 200-400 pounds. One was found climbing a verticle rock wall following its mother. The evidence was caught by Stephanie Latimer while she was kayaking through Santa Elena Canyon. I think this is interesting and it definantely proves how good of climbers bears are. It's also kind of scary knowing you really can't climb anything and expect to runaway from a bear.

  • Lenay-4
    5/09/2014 - 12:52 a.m.

    This is an article about a little bear cub who followed his mother up a steep hill. This video was caught Stephanie latimer a nature enthusiast who was kayaking In a national park in Texas. Bears have never been recorded rock climbing however they have been seen climbing ladders and even trees. Bears have amazing climbing skills and tend to be spotted scaling many strange things. I think it's really cute that even though the bear has probably never done this but is following his mother up the wall.

  • 13cbuechi
    5/09/2014 - 07:46 a.m.

    Bears can rock climb without special human equipment because they already have the attributes. They have claws that can grab onto the rock wall and get into little crevices. Their paws also have tough pads to stop them from getting hurt from the rock wall.

  • El9699
    5/09/2014 - 08:37 a.m.

    I think bears can climb rock faces without using the equipment humans do because they are strong animals.They also probably have the right paws or hands for it too.

  • im23nolife
    5/09/2014 - 08:38 a.m.

    Just as bears can climb trees better than humans they most likely can do the same on rocks. Bears have claws that allow them to cling to surfaces and their claws are strong so they can depend on them.

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