Polar Bears





Polar bears live only in the northern Arctic where they spend most of their time on ice floes. They are the largest land meat-eater in the world and the largest of the bear family. They are well suited to the cold Arctic ice and snow. The average adult male is 8.5 feet tall. The average adult female 6.5 is 6.5 feet tall. The average adult male weighs 900 pounds and the average adult female weighs 500 pounds. Pregnant females den up for winter but do not hibernate. All polar bears may den temporarily to avoid bad weather.
Polar bears have off-white fur with a black nose, eyes and mouth. The polar bear has many unique adaptations for dealing with the Arctic cold. The polar bear\'s skin is sometimes actually black, which allows it to soak up as much heat as possible from the sun. They are also great swimmers and will swim from ice floe to ice floe. They have been seen swimming 50 miles away from any ice or land. They dog-paddle with their head and much of their back above water. Their blubber helps to float them as they swim. They can swim at an average of 6 miles per hour.
Polar bears eats mostly ringed and bearded seals. They will occasionally eat other mammals, eggs, vegetation and beach-cast carrion. Polar bears don\'t drink water. They get all the liquids that they need from the animals that they eat.




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