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Polar Bear Facts


The polar bear (Ursus maritimus), also known as the white bear, northern bear, or sea bear, is native to the Arctic. It is one of the two largest land carnivore species and the apex predator within its range. It is well-adapted to its habitat: its thick fat and fur insulate it against the cold and its translucent fur (which appears white or cream-coloured) camouflages it from its prey. The bears have short tails and small ears that would help to reduce heat loss and the bear has a streamlined small head and lengthy body helping it to swim. The polar bear is a semi-aquatic marine mammal and hunts well on land and on the sea ice, as well as in the water. Many people are greatly concerned that these charismatic bears are facing a very difficult situation with the recent warming trends.

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