Bears were large mammals that lived during the ice ages.
Large, bipedal mammals, bears carried themselves in a manner similar to gorillas: two long, clawed front limbs reached out for food while two short hind legs moved the round, woolly body. Their heads were similar to those of horses, with two, pointed ears, a long snout filled with flat teeth and large nostrils, all atop a long, sinewy neck.
In the Ice Valley a number of bears lived in the forests, with none of them visiting the waterpark where so many other animals went. The bears joined the other herds of animals and headed for the boat at the end of the valley upon learning that the valley where they lived was soon to flood. The bears all escaped the flood and moved on elsewhere.
One notable bear, a male named Cholly, briefly met a herd of animals and himself was mistaken for a mammoth for his flatulence. Many years later, Cholly moved to Switchback Cove, presumably after the continental drift, and adopted a baby chick.
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (First appearance)
- Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
Behind the Scenes
These "bears" are actually chalicotheres, herbivorous mammals related to tapirs, horses and rhinos, and not to the true bears. The fact that their common name in the universe of the movies is "bears" was revealed in the end credits of Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade.
Chalicotheres, like many other animals shown in the Ice Age films, were not true creatures of the ice ages but rather the era preceding them.
In the video game Ice Age Village, the chalicothere is referred to as "gravelbeast", which is a simplification of its scientific name, "Chalicotherium" meaning "gravel beast".
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