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Starving-Polar-Bear Photographer Recalls What Went Wrong
One year later, Cristina Mittermeier explains what she and her team were trying to accomplish with that gut-wrenching image.
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Polar Bears Appear Where They Never Were Before
The big predators have been rummaging through science camps at the top of Greenland's ice sheet far inland, where they were never expected. Is climate change driving them?
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Watch What Happens When a Polar Bear Plays With a Dog
This unlikely story of bear-meets-dog appears to have ended on playful terms.
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Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows
New science sheds more light on recent controversy over how much the large carnivores are being impacted by melting sea ice.
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How To Experience Canada's Famous Polar Bear Party
The town of Churchill provides a perfect base camp for spotting the Arctic bears.
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Starving Polar Bear Photographer Explains Why She Couldn’t Help
Cristina Mittermeier describes the helplessness she felt while photographing the polar bear and implores readers to take climate change seriously.
About Polar Bear

Polar Bears are the largest species of bear with white, thick fur coats. They prefer cold climates and are found in countries that circle the arctic. 

Polar bears are solitary creatures due to the high volume of food each bear needs to survive. They are also extremely territorial. 

Unlike other bears, polar bears do not practice strict hibernation and have ben observed hunting all year round. Polar bears will preferably hunt seals. Because the seal blubber is so high in calories it helps build up fat reserves in the bear, which helps them maintain body temperate in such freezing cold climates. 

Polar bears share a similar gestation period to humans but typically give birth to twins. Cubs are dependent on their mothers for milk and protection until around the age of two. 

 

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