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Majestic creature of the far north, the polar bear is the world's largest terrestrial carnivore. Its Latin name, Ursus maritimus, means 'sea bear', an apt name for this amazing species which spends much of its life predominantly on sea ice.

Majestic creature of the far north, the polar bear is the world's largest terrestrial carnivore.

Its Latin name, Ursus maritimus, means 'sea bear', an apt name for this amazing species which spends much of its life predominantly on sea ice.

Polar bears are listed as a vulnerable by IUCN because of ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change.

It is not too late to take action to help polar bears, click here for a list of things you can do!


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  • Polar bear is the largest and most powerful carnivore on land, please tag content featuring obvious gore as NSFW.
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How do polar bears find each other to mate?

https://reddit.com/link/1diuaqs/video/z8emag5rsc7d1/player

Polar bears are solitary animals, so how do they find each other across the vast frozen ocean to mate in the spring?

10 Comments
2024/06/18
16:04 UTC

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Looking up

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2024/06/10
12:27 UTC

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Kova is not a fan of Mondays

1 Comment
2024/06/03
11:22 UTC

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A polar bear cub and mother west of Cape Tatnam on Canada's Hudson Bay coast

3 Comments
2024/05/27
10:43 UTC

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This is my hat now

2 Comments
2024/05/20
12:22 UTC

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Arctic predator's hunting behaviour caught on camera

1 Comment
2024/05/13
12:04 UTC

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Walking in the low Arctic sunlight

5 Comments
2024/05/06
11:28 UTC

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Normal Polar Bear Behaviour ?

Excuse my ignorance but is this anywhere near normal polar bear behaviour ? Observed at the Toronto zoo what appears to be a pretty seriously distressed bear, but I’m no expert in animal behaviour. The employee claimed the bear was just “wanting to play”.

10 Comments
2024/05/02
00:01 UTC

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Flocke drying bear fur in the sun at Jimmy's Farm, Suffolk, England

1 Comment
2024/04/29
12:11 UTC

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Majestic yet terrifying

0 Comments
2024/04/28
08:56 UTC

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Here's what I think of Mondays!

4 Comments
2024/04/22
09:57 UTC

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Polar Bear Adaptations

2 Comments
2024/04/16
03:02 UTC

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A 3 years old polar bear comparing to an adult human

7 Comments
2024/04/08
07:26 UTC

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We're here for the board games session, let us in!

8 Comments
2024/04/03
11:51 UTC

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A polar bear mother and her cubs on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. Photo by Paul Goldstein

2 Comments
2024/03/31
15:00 UTC

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Heron stealing fish from a polar bear

2 Comments
2024/03/25
12:53 UTC

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A polar bear on the sea ice in Nunavut's Repulse Bay. Arctic ice is shrinking at a rate of almost 13% a decade, and climate scientists are warning that ice-free summers in the Arctic are inevitable by 2050 (that's 26 years away)

3 Comments
2024/03/18
12:13 UTC

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Polar bear zoomies!

This is Baffin (~7) and Siku (~8) who are adopted brothers and besties that now reside at the Calgary zoo in a 2 acre enclosure! They were both orphaned at less than a year old which meant they had a very low chance of survival if reintroduced into the wild so instead they’ve become ambassadors for their species.

5 Comments
2024/03/12
05:41 UTC

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Too close!

5 Comments
2024/03/11
12:53 UTC

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A young male polar bear rests and hunts nesting seabirds on rocky cliff of Coburg Island, NW Passage, Nunavut.

1 Comment
2024/03/04
11:47 UTC

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Svalbard population curve?

Me and a friend have roughly to weeks to create an 15-30 min lecture on what threatens the polar bears, specifically in Svalbard, and I would love a graph which shows how their population has changed over time. Any help would be greatly appreciated, given my efforts to find such a graph myself has failed spectacularly

EDIT: whelp, I got an A

5 Comments
2024/02/29
13:00 UTC

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Top Mom & Cub Fact #1: Polar bear moms have one of the longest fasting periods in the animal kingdom.

3 Comments
2024/02/27
21:13 UTC

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Top Mom & Cub Fact #2: Polar bear cubs grow incredibly rapidly for the first few years of life.

1 Comment
2024/02/27
04:43 UTC

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Top Mom & Cub Fact #3: Polar bear milk is the fattiest of any land mammal's.

1 Comment
2024/02/26
16:06 UTC

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Top Mom & Cub Fact #4: Cubs have to learn all about being a polar bear in just over two years.

2 Comments
2024/02/25
18:06 UTC

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Top Mom & Cub Fact #5: Female polar bears start a new family about every three years.

8 Comments
2024/02/24
17:12 UTC

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Top Mom & Cub Fact #6

1 Comment
2024/02/22
05:50 UTC

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Two bears

5 Comments
2024/02/19
12:57 UTC

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New research paper: Can polar bears adapt to longer summers on land?

2 Comments
2024/02/18
18:23 UTC

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Baby bear playing with momma ❤️❤️

Boop!

1 Comment
2024/02/17
05:18 UTC

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