5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Polar Bears

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Polar bears are marine mammals. Adult male polar bears can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) and weigh 900 to 1,600 pounds (410 to 720 kg) while the female polar bear are usually smaller. Polar bears are carnivores and mostly eat seals. They will also eat walruses and whales as well as feed on reindeer, rodents, and seabirds. Polar bears’ fur is pigment free and transparent instead of white. They are so efficient at insulating their body heat that they are hard to see on infrared cameras.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Polar Bears via @KRenaeP


5 Polar Bear Facts

1. In the wild, polar bears only live in the Arctic region. Therefore, polar bears and penguins do not live together.

I want to roll with this penguin gang. @KRenaeP

Penguins are way too cool to hang north of the equator.


2. Polar bears can live 25 to 30 years in the wild.


3. Polar bears’ fur repels water and oil, and it doesn’t mat when wet.

This is me in the morning. @KRenaeP

I totally understand where this polar bear is coming from.


4. Polar bears don’t really hibernate in the winter. Only pregnant females will den, give birth, and emerge three months later; but even then, they are not hibernating in the traditional sense.

Polar bears don’t poop or urinate during their “walking hibernation”. 


5. Due to over hunting and habitat loss, polar bears are classified as a vulnerable species.


 

What is are your favorite facts about polar bears?

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