Ever Wonder What Happens To A Bear’s Butt During Hibernation?

The world makes almost no sense.

1. You probably already know that bears hibernate during the winter months, thanks to cartoons and toilet paper commercials.

**The above is a dramatic reenactment.**

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2. But have you ever wondered what happens to bears’ BUTTS when they’re asleep for months on end?

(Be honest.)

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3. Apparently these people have:

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Bear butts: They’ll keep you up at night.

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6. To avoid soiling themselves while they hibernate, bears actually DO plug their butts (!!!), because nature has no rules apparently.

^ This little guy isn’t so cute anymore, is he?

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7. But instead of plugging UP their butts, the plug — called a tappen or fecal plug — forms internally with what can only be described as pure witchcraft.

“My butt’s all plugged up and I’m ready to sleep for five months, how you doin’?”

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8. Right before hibernation, the bear enjoys a final meal of bark, pinecone, and its own hair.


Hope there’s room for two at this feast because I am staaarving.

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9. With help from the bear’s decreased metabolism, the fibrous material lodges in the bear’s butt, forming a plug.

Nothing gets in, nothing gets out. It’s like L.A. traffic up in there.

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10. When spring rolls around, the bear passes the plug and probably regrets his entire life.

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It’s apparently very painful, although no bears have been interviewed directly.

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11. At this point, you’re probably morbidly curious what a bear butt plug looks like, so I’ll spare your search history:

Congrats, you’re a different person now.

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12. Welp, now you know more about bear butts than you ever wanted to know.


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