Polar Bear Cub Experiences Snow For The First Time

A video has emerged featuring a polar bear cub being introduced to snow for the very first time. This tiny creature hasn’t had any previous experience with snow and he sure likes it!
Augo is a ten-week-old polar bear cub living at the Aalborg Zoo in Denmark. Watch as this adorable polar bear cub frolics in the snow and learns how to have a good time!

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The ice Bears of Summer

Summer is a critical time for polar bears and climate change is lengthening Arctic summers, which could have a substantial effect on bear populations. However, much of what is known about polar bears comes from studying them out on Arctic sea ice during late winter and spring. During summer, most sea ice retreats far to the north, leaving some bears on shore for several months. Scientists suspect that these bears face difficult conditions on land; temperatures are warm and there’s little to eat. In contrast, some bears follow the retreating ice north, where temperatures are cooler and there may be opportunities to hunt seals.

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Polar bears are the largest of the three bears found in North America

Polar bears are the largest of the three bears found in North America. They range from about seven hundred pounds up to about fifteen hundred pounds. Not only are they the largest bear found in North America, they are also the most dangerous to humans. They are more dangerous because they don’t have much contact with humans – so they may see us as prey when they are hungry.  Luckily for us, polar bears are only found in the most northern areas of Alaska and Canada, and all of Greenland.

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BASIC FACTS ABOUT POLAR BEARS

Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world, rivaled only by the Kodiak brown bears of southwestern Alaska. Polar bears sit at the top of the food chain in the biologically rich Arctic. The most carnivorous of the bear species, polar bears feed primarily on the fat of ice-dependent seals. The remains of these seals provide food for many other Arctic wildlife species, giving polar bears a vital role in their ecosystem.

Polar bears are marine mammals, and spend much of their time on Arctic sea ice. Many adaptations make polar bears uniquely suited to life in icy habitats. Their fur is thicker than any other bears’ and covers even their feet for warmth and traction on ice. A thick layer of blubber beneath their fur provides buoyancy and insulation. The long neck and narrow skull of the polar bear probably aid in streamlining the animal in the water while warming the air that they breathe, and their front feet are large, flat and oar-like, making them excellent swimmers.

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