Massive, Mighty, and Majestic
Weighing just one pound at birth, the polar bear reaches 10 feet tall and weighs over 1200 pounds at maturity.
Where's My Remote?
Polar bears gather along the Hudson Bay shoreline awaiting the bay to freeze. Ring seals, hunted on the ice , are the primary food source.
Polar bear hair is soft and dense next to their black skin. The visible hairs are long, coarse, and hollow guard hairs. This combination protects and insulates.
Young males spare, testing strength and developing hunting skills. Sparing is considered "child's play".
<p>Scientists and travelers are curious about polar bears, but polar bears are curious about the smell of food coming from the mobile tundra buggy. A polar bear can smell dinner 20 miles away.</p>
A Strong Foundation
Walking or swimming, these feet provide a strong foundation.
With 5 toes and long, black, curved claws, the polar bear's feet can be as large as a dinner plate.
Hair on the bottom of the feet and tiny cup pads on the toes keep the polar bear from slipping and sliding on the ice.
I See You
The polar bear sees very well even in the bright, white snow. The eyes work like sunglasses.
I Hear You
Ears are small so they do not freeze in the sub-zero temperatures.
<p>Bear cubs stay with their mother for two years. Rolling, sliding and playing on snow covered hillsides is exercise for this cub.</p>
Weather change has caused the ice on Hudson Bay to break up earlier in the spring and form later in the winter. The bears, on land, do not eat enough to maintain their body weight. Birth weights are thus reduced and multiple births are decreased. ENDANGERED!