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Polar Bear Facts

General Knowledge | 7-14 yrs | Interactive, Reading Pod

Polar bears are the largest and the most carnivorous of all bears.The following article explores very interesting Polar Bear Facts.

Where do polar bears live?

Polar Bears live in the Arctic where temperatures can go as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit.

How do polar bears survive in the cold?

They have a black coat beneath their soft furry white coat. This coat is not white but transparent. It looks white as the sunlight is reflected back. The white coat makes them invisible on the snow and the black coat absorbs the sunlight to keep them warm.

These Arctic animals also keep warm thanks to their dense layer of fat, called blubber, which is around ten centimeters in width.

How much does a polar bear weigh?

Male polar bears weigh around 450 kgs while females weigh half as much. The heaviest polar bear that lived weighed one thousand kgs.

What do polar bears eat?

They eat seals mostly. They wait for the seal to pop its head out of the water. They then grab the seal with their sharp teeth. They also grab a seal using their gigantic claws. When they don’t find food, they eat dead whales. Polar bears never drink water and get all their fluids from the seals they eat. A polar bear’s tongue is blue.

How many polar bears are there today?

There are only 25,000- 40,000 polar bears remaining on earth. They are a threatened species under the US Endangered Species Act. They have been classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Oil spills in the Arctic region are making it difficult for polar bears to survive.

4 Polar Bear Fun Facts

  1. They are always left handed.
  2. Polar bears have a very high IQ.
  3. Their bodies tend to get over heated so they avoid running.
  4. Polar bears and penguins do not live together like they show in the movies. They live on two ends of the earth.

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