27 Feb '13, 7pm

Happy International #PolarBear Day 2013!

Happy International #PolarBear Day 2013!

Today is International Polar Bear Day – a day to celebrate one of the most amazing, beautiful, and just plain cool animals. Why are polar bears so awesome you might ask? Well, here are some fun facts that help explain the fascination so many of us have with these creatures: Adult male polar bears weigh between 1,300 and 1,700 pounds and adult female polar bears weigh about half that. Male polar bears measure 8-9 feet from nose to tail and female polar bears measure from 6-7 feet. Polar bear cubs learn to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts. If they move, the mother disciplines them, with a whack to the head. © IFAW/N. Ovsyanikov Some female polar bears deviate from the one room den, building dens with multiple rooms and even ventilation systems in the roof. Paw pads with rough surfaces help prevent polar bears from slipping on the ice. Polar bears can swim an ...

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