The Polar Bears Are Hungry


They stay in the den till the beginning of spring, then leave it and start exploring the world.

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In the first year their diet is mixed, cubs eat milk and seal meat that their mother brings. Once they get bigger, mother bear teaches them to hunt. Cubs stay with their mother for nearly three years, then the family breaks and a mother leaves them to start breeding again. Giving birth and raising cubs requires a lot of effort from the mother, so in years when there isn't enough food, polar bears rarely breed. I've heard lots of tales and stories about polar bears, but one thing is definitely true - they are very neat. These animals spend minutes a day on hygiene and carefully get rid of dirt and food crumbles stuck in their fur.

They do roll in the snow and while it looks like they play, this is a very practical habit that helps them clean fur.

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It is very important for them because dirty fur looses its [thermal] insulation properties. Polar bears have truly amazing swimming skills, a lot more impressive than say swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Their massive paws are perfect for cutting through the ocean waves as fast as 10 kmph. Compare it to pitiful Olympic records - 7 kmph at the very best.

Experienced polar explorers know that if the animal is full, it will not show a sign of hostility to a human in case of an accidental meeting.

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A curious bear will just observe and sniff a mysterious two-legged creature. Such an encounter is not dangerous for an armed traveler, but if you're unarmed or armed with a stick, you'll feel different. A few years ago, a very hungry polar bear was chasing a research team that had just landed at Novaya Zemlya archipelago. It's hard to say what would have happened if not for a brilliant mind of one students. He started taking off and dropping bits of his clothing, making the bear to pause, sniff and try fur hat, mittens and jacket. It gave the whole team precious seconds to get ahead of the bear and jump on a boat.

Some animals can't be trained, bloodthirsty and sullen jaguar is one of them. Until now all the attempts to train them have been in vain. Polar bear is the second in line. A tough approach will not work on them as they will never obey because of fear. A polar bear is more likely to attack a human than submit.

The only possible way to work with polar bears is when people train them since early childhood. We have only one family in Russia that so far manages to train polar bears - the Denisenko family from Irkutsk in Siberia. Ice is melting more and more, gradually depriving polar bears of their natural habitat and abundant hunting lands. Catching seals becomes more and more complicated, so polar bears are looking for other sources of food. A couple of eggs found in a bird nest can't satisfy the giants, and in some cases they turned to cannibalism. Last year a polar bear went to Malye Karmakuly polar station and attacked two little orphan cubs who found shelter at the polar station.

One of the cubs died, the other one was injured. We managed to save him and send him to a safari-park in Gelendzhik a city in the south of Russia. The polar bear is in Russia's Red Book of endangered animals, because their numbers are getting lower every year. The total number of polar bears is estimated at 25, animals, around 7, of them live in Russia. There is a plan to hold a polar bear census in Russia in , and to take all necessary measures to protect their population. A polar bear can't be domesticated.

Yes, we are distantly related to bears — bears and humans share a common, rat-like ancestor from about million years ago. The American black bear, pictured here, ranges across North America and is an excellent tree climber. Black bears can also be cinnamon or even platinum in color.

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Brown bears, or Ursus arctos, are the most widely distributed bear in the world, ranging across Eurasia and North America. These bears tend to be solitary, but sometimes congregate to feast on fish. Ahead of hibernation, brown bears gorge themselves on fat to prepare for winter. Brown bears living inland in the lower 48 US states are known as grizzly bears — an iconic symbol of wilderness. Although brown bears have been hunted to extinction in portions of their native habitat, they continue to survive in Europe in isolated pockets.

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Above, a mother bear watches over her cub as it struggles through thick snow in Finland. Bears' summer feasting creates a thick layer of fat they survive off in winter, typically in hibernation. But changing weather is also altering hibernation patterns. In addition to being able to walk upright, brown bears can also run very quickly on all fours — up to 30 miles per hour 64 kph.

This helps them hunt down other animals to eat.

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The anatomy of bear paws is so remarkably similar to that of human hands and feet that skeletal remains, and footprints, are often mixed up. Above, a brown bear gets a tooth operation in Germany. South America even gets its "own" bear: Per its name, the species often sports light-colored fur around its eyes. The IUCN classifies this species as "vulnerable" — the bear has lost its wooded habitat on the slopes of the Andes due largely to forest-clearing for crops and cattle farming. Sun bears, or Malayan sun bears, have a bib-shaped golden patch on their chests, which for some cultures represents the rising sun.

Indeed, the sun bear lives in the Far East, making its home in tropical forests of southern Asia. The IUCN classifies sun bears as "vulnerable" — it's among the rarest bear species, and is under threat due to habitat loss, the pet trade and hunting for "medicine. Moon bears, also known as Asiatic black bears, are likewise threatened due largely to poaching. Demand for bile from the gall bladders of black bears is driving widespread hunting, capture, captivity and trade — moon bears are even kept on mostly illegal "bile farms.

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The sloth bear is also "vulnerable," as its lowland forest in the Indian subcontinent disappears. Sloth bears survive on insects and have particularly shaggy fur — they are also targets for poaching and the pet trade.

Pictured above, "Buddu" the sloth bear was adopted by a family in India after wandering into the village after a herd of goats. Wildlife officials later rescued the bear. We all know and love pandas — panda cubs are particularly cute. Giant pandas were upgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable" in due to vigorous efforts by the Chinese government to preserve the iconic animal. Such efforts include a captive breeding program, which achieved record success in with 42 pandas born.

Like many other bears, pandas are threatened above all from loss of habitat. Infrastructure projects in particular are cutting into what's left of the cool, humid bamboo forest high in the mountains of western China where pandas make their home. Since bamboo is so nutritionally poor, the bears have to eat up to 84 pounds 38 kilograms per day — giant pandas spend much of their waking time eating. Last but not least Technically classified as a marine mammal, polar bears are carnivorous. For hunting seals and other ocean animals, polar bears rely on sea ice, which is declining as the Arctic melts due to climate change.

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