Kermode Bear- (Crown Gift Pack) - Commemorative
Kermode Bear- (Crown Gift Pack) - Commemorative for only GBP £19.95
Also known as a ‘Spirit Bear’, this rare creamy white bear is often mistaken as a polar bear but is a sub species of the American Black Bear and lives in the central and north coast of British Columbia, Canada. It was Manxman Francis Kermode, who was the second curator of the Provincial Museum of Victoria, British Columbia, who established the fact that this unusual bear was an American grizzly with a genetic defect. He did so after the first live specimen to be caught was entrusted to him. This led to the bear being known as Ursus Kermodia – the Kermode Bear. Because of their spirit-like appearance, these bears hold an important place in stories passed down from the Native Americans and Canadian First Nations which lived in the area.