In the wake of last week’s election, I saw a video Sarah Palin put on her Facebook page featuring all the winning candidates she endorsed. Conspicuously lacking was any mention of all the losing candidates she endorsed. At the end of the video was a large mama grizzly up on her haunches. So to the woman who coined the term “mama grizzly’s” here are a few fun facts about real mama grizzly’s:
Mama grizzly’s (Ursus arctos horribilis) are referred to as sows. They are normally solitary animals.
They reach sexual maturity at five years old.
A sow will care for her cubs for two years and then they’re on their own. While a sow is caring for her cubs she will not mate. After the cubs leave she may not mate for another three or more years (Todd! Get your paws off of me!).
As male grizzly’s have a large territory (up to 4000 sq. km) it’s difficult for a mama grizzly to find a mate. Grizzly’s are subject to population segregation which results in inbreeding, and the resulting genetic problems.
They are also known for “recycling” their own crap.
Mama grizzly’s have a particularly foul odor. This strong scent may be to attract papa grizzly’s and repel those who don’t want to interact with them.
Their natural enemies are the gray wolf, though to date they haven’t shot any from helicopters.
Grizzly’s are ill tempered and the most aggressive of all bears. They have been known to attack other bears, particularly black and brown bears that have ventured into their territory.
Mama grizzly’s have really big butts and haunches. Really big.
Given these facts, it’s interesting that some of Sarah Palin’s followers like to think of themselves as “mama grizzly’s.”