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Polar bear

The polar bear ( ) is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi). A boar (adult male) weighs around , while a sow (adult female) is about half that size. Although it is the sister species of the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, and for hunting seals, which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice. Their scientific name means "maritime bear" and derives from this fact. Polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present. Because of their dependence on the sea ice, polar bears are classified as marine mammals.

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Orphaned Baby Polar Bear Pulls Through with Help of a Teddy Bear

A polar bear named Kali was found in Alaska after his mother was poached by hunters. Rescuers brought the baby to the Alaska zoo raise him. Since he was so young and struggling with his mom Kali's caretakers gave him a teddy bear to bond with to help strengthen his spirit. With the help of this teddy he was able to socialize with another polar bear when he was moved to the Buffalo Zoo in NY. Now he is happy and healthy and has transferred to the St. Louis Zoo.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

The story of a cute baby polar bear named Knut who wasn't able to stand properly on all fours and couldn't walk but gets help learning to walk from training on a rubber mat

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Polar Bears Greeting Each Other

Salutations, polar bear style- taken by someone named Valerie in Manitoba, Canada

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Polar Bear liver

If you eat a polar bear liver, you will die. Humans can’t handle that much vitamin A.

Contributed by Laura Diana Escamilla

Bear life

A polar bear is so strong, that it can kill an animal with one blow from it's paw.

Contributed by Laura Diana Escamilla

Polar bear babies weigh a little more than a pound when they are born.!

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It is very likely that the Polar Bear could become extinct in about 50 years due to global warming, climate change, and strange weather trends.

Contributed by Zach N Kim

Polar bears aren't actually white furred. They really have black fur that reflects off the sun and looks white.

Contributed by Jonah Foisy

Polar bear cub

Playful polar bear cub at the Toledo Zoo! He was chasing my boyfriends hand through the glass!

Contributed by Jessica Duez

Male polar bears can weigh between 770 and 1,500 pounds. Polar bear skin is actually black and their fur is clear, but their snowy environment reflects off their fur to make it appear white.

Contributed by Zoe Walsh

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