Polar Bears on Explore the Wild


Hello, my name is Tay Zonday and I will be
your guide as VideoFort.com takes you on a journey to explore the wild. The polar bear is the world’s largest bear
(along with the omnivorous Kodiak bear) with adult males weighing in at a whopping 770
to 1,500 pounds. Polar bears are classified as marine mammals because they spend most
of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. They have a thick layer of body fat
and a water-repellant coat that insulates them from the cold air and water. Considered
talented swimmers, they can sustain a pace of six miles per hour by paddling with their
front paws and holding their hind legs flat like a rudder. Polar bears spend over 50 percent of their
time hunting for food, but less than two percent of their hunts are successful. Their diet
mainly consists of ringed and bearded seals because they need large amounts of fat to
survive. Unlike grizzly bears, polar bears are not
territorial. Although stereotyped as being aggressive, they are normally cautious in
confrontations, and often choose to escape rather than fight. Polar bears are stealth
hunters, and the victim is often unaware of the bear’s presence until the attack is underway.
However, due to the very small human population around the Arctic, such attacks are rare. Although polar bears generally live solitary
lives, they have often been seen playing together for hours at a time and even sleeping in an
embrace. Cubs are especially playful as well. Among young males in particular, play fighting
may be a means of practicing for serious competition during mating seasons later in life. The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable
species, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations currently
in decline.

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