Friday, November 18, 2011

Polar Bears

The last time we were at the zoo we walked out of the aquarium to see lots of people hanging out at the top of the polar bear display.

This is why...

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The bear was pacing back and forth right at the window. So close!

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Polar bears are massive!

Male polar bears may grow 10 feet tall and weigh over 1400 pounds.  Females reach seven feet and weigh 650 pounds.  In the wild polar bears live up to age 25.

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The polar bear or the sea/ice bear are the world's largest land predators.  They can be found in the Artic, the U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), and Norway.

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Around the age of four or five the female polar bear can start having babies. They usually only have two cubs and they have these babies in a cave they've dug in a large snow drift.  They stay there over winter and come out in spring with the babies.  

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The babies are much smaller than human babies when they're born.  They are the size of a rat and weigh little more than a pound.  They can grow to full man size in a year if they have lots of food.

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Polar bears have wide front paws with slightly webbed toes that help them swim.  They paddle with their front feet and steer with their hind feet.  Paw pads with rough surfaces help prevent polar bears from slipping up on the ice.

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Polar bears primarily eat seals.

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  Humans are the polar bears only predator.

I want to hug one.

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