Habitat of the polar bear
Habitat of the polar bear
 
 
Two polar bear cubs
Two polar bear cubs
 
 
An adult polar bear
An adult polar bear
 
 
Polar bear swimming in the ocean
Polar bear swimming in the ocean
 
 
A sow with her two cubs
A sow with her two cubs
 
 
Polar bear walking on ice
Polar bear walking on ice
 
 
Hunting for food
Hunting for food
 
Polar Bear
Topic(s):   Bears, Endangered Animals, Tundra Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat arctic tundra
Diet seals
Weight 600 pounds to 1,300 pounds (272 kilograms to 590 kilograms)
Height 6 feet to 9 feet (2 meters to 3 meters)
Male boar
Female sow
Baby cub
Group pack
Predators killer whales, people
Endangered yes; global warming, loss of habitat

The polar bear is the world’s largest meat eating land animal. It eats mostly seals. It will stalk its prey for hours. The bear will wait at the seal’s breathing ice hole. The polar bear waits for the seal to come up for air. Then it grabs the seal. The polar bear’s white coat is its camouflage. The seal does not see the bear against the white ice.

At four or five years old, the female polar bear can have babies. She gives birth to two cubs. Each cub only weighs one pound at birth! The female bear has the cubs in a cave during the winter. She stays in the cave with the cubs until spring.

A polar bear is a great swimmer. Its thick blubber and fur keep it warm in cold climates. Global warming is a polar bear’s biggest threat. The polar bear needs a cold climate to live. This bear will live up to 25 years.

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