Polar bears are magnificent creatures. They have beautiful, white fur, and large bodies. They live in the icy cold Arctic. There are so many interesting things about polar bears. Here are a few more things below:
Interesting Fact #1
Female polar bears build their dens in snow from previous years, rather than the freshly fallen snow.
Interesting Fact #2
Polar bears stay warm in harsh Arctic temperatures, due to their two layers of fur. They are also equipped with a thick fat layer, for added insulation.
Interesting Fact #3
According to DNA studies, polar bears have existed, as a species, for about 600,000 years.
Interesting Fact #4
Polar bears have an excellent sense of smell, with the ability to detect seals nearly a mile away.
Interesting Fact #5
Polar bears can reach speeds up to 25 mph on land and 6 mph in water.
Interesting Fact #6
An adult male polar bear typically weighs between 775 and 1,200 pounds. By contrast, adult females weigh only 330 to 650 pounds.
Interesting Fact #7
The hairs of the outer layer of the coat are hollow and lack pigment. They appear white to our eyes because they scatter and reflect light.
Interesting Fact #8
There’s so much vitamin A concentrated in their liver, that it can make humans seriously ill. It would cause a headache, nausea, peeling skin, and blurred vision.
Interesting Fact #9
Polar bears mate every other year in the summer. The female, then, stays in a snow den, until having between one and four cubs nine months later.
Interesting Fact #10
Polar bears like to keep themselves clean. They’ll usually wash, by taking a swim or rolling in the snow. They also roll in the snow to cool off.
Interesting Fact #11
When first born, a polar bear cub is about the weight of an adult guinea pig. A cub stays near its mother, for about two years. By the time it’s fully grown, it can weigh over 500 kg.
Interesting Fact #12
Around the age of four or five, the female polar bear can start having babies. They usually have two cubs in a cave. They stay in the cave with their babies, over winter. Then, come out in the spring with the babies.
Interesting Fact #13
Polar bear fur is oily and water repellent. The hairs don’t mat when wet, allowing the polar bears to easily shake free of water and any ice.
Interesting Fact #14
They’re setting up homes on land. Not only are they moving south for food, they’re also moving to find dens for rearing their cubs.
Interesting Fact #15
Some female polar bears deviate from the one room den. They build dens with multiple rooms and even a ventilation system in the roof.
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