|“||Nigel can't rescue every endangered animal he finds. So this time, he lets sleeping bears lie.||”|
Physical appearance and biologyEdit
The cave bear was physically almost identical to a common brown bear of modern times. They were about the size of the very largest brown bears, and were stockier and heavier.
Behaviour and traitsEdit
Despite its aggressive appearance, the cave bear was a generally non-aggressive omnivore, usually eating grasses and berries instead of other animals. It would usually only attack when disturbed in its hibernation.
Cave bears, as the name implies, spent much of their time in caves, especially in the winter months, when hibernation was necessary.
Searching a woodland in the Pleistocene for a woolly mammoth, Nigel Marven investigates a cave to see what was inside it. He finds a cave bear- an animal he had believed to be already extinct -and it chases him and the cameraman, who drops the camera.
It is later shown that Nigel had climbed up a tree to escape the bear, whilst the cameraman escapes on foot and looses Nigel. After regrouping, they observe the animal foraging for berries, and Nigel remarks that he can't take it back to the park with him, and must leave it for extinction.
A cave lion stalks a reindeer, but does not catch it. Driven by hunger and desperation, it heads into the mountains and finds a cave. It smells as meal, and enters- navigating by smell and hearing alone. However, in the cave, the lion finds a cave bear with a cub, which fights the cat off and kills it with a savage bite to the neck.
Behind the scenesEdit
List of appearancesEdit
- Prehistoric Park
- Ice Age Giants
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ According to Prehistoric Park; the bear is found 10,000 years ago in the episode.