Fun Facts About Polar Bears

 May 14, 2008, Polar bears are now on the threatened species list due to global warming.

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Polar bear cubs learn to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts.  If they move, the mother disciples them, with a whack to the head. Female polar bears would rather build their dens in "old snow" from previous years rather than the freshly fallen snow. Some female polar bears deviate from the one room den.  They build dens with multiple rooms and even a ventilation system in the roof.
Adult females often weigh between 500 and 600 pounds (227 and 272 kilograms). Female polar bears do not start having cubs until they are about 4 or 5 years old. Polar bear babies weigh a little more than a pound when they are born
Paw pads with rough surfaces help prevent polar bears from slipping up on the ice. Only humans prey or hunt polar bears Polar bears swim using their large front paws to propel themselves through the water and their back legs to steer.
A polar bear's fur is not white!!  It is hollow.  The fur reflects light.  The hollow fur also traps the suns heat to help keep the polar bear warm. Polar bears fur is oily and water repellant.  Allowing them to shake dry after swimming.
Polar bears mainly hunt seals. When curled up, a polar bear may cover its muzzle (nose) with a paw to help conserve heat. Polar bears tend to overheat more than to be cold.
Adult males can grow to be 10 feet tall and weigh over 1400 pounds. Humans are polar bears only predator. Man made pollution is a cause of death for polar bears.  
A polar bear is so strong, that it can kill an animal with one blow from it's paw. Many polar bears go into the town of Churchhill, Manitoba, Canada. Polar bears mate March through July, however the fertilized egg is not start to develop until September.
Polar Bears do not hibernate.  Female polar bears will den with their young.  All polar bears may den for a short time to avoid bad weather. Polar bears can swim an average of 6 miles per hour. Polar bears can swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers at a time).
     

 

 

 

Fun Facts About Polar Bears

 

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Updated November 18, 2009

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