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5 things polar bears want you to know about them

5 things polar bears want you to know about them

February 27 is International Polar Bear Day, which celebrates everyone's favorite furry beasts of the Arctic . In honor of the occasion, LiveScience brings you some wacky facts about the furry beasts. Photo: ChrisMiller513 /Flickr 1. Males can weigh as much as a dozen men An adult male polar bear typically weighs between 775 and 1,200 pounds (351 to 544 kilograms), or the weight of about five to seven men. The largest polar bear ever recorded was a male weighing 2,209 pounds (1,000 kg), according to Polar Bear International. By contrast, adult females weigh only half as much as males, or 330 to 650 pounds (50 to 295 kg). But the bears are tiny when they're born, weighing only about 1 pound (0.5 kg). Males reach their adult size between ages 8 and 14, while females reach full size between ages 5 and 6. [Photos of Polar Bears Swimming in the Arctic ] Photo: greenland_com /Fl...

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