After Three Months in a Snow Fort, These Cubs Finally See the Light!
As the coldest season approaches, pregnant polar bears dig out a snow den to protect their soon-to-be-born cubs from the frigid arctic winter. The cubs grow quickly on their high-calorie diet of mother’s milk, and by springtime they are ready to experience the outside world.
Fun Facts about the polar bear: Polar bears are the largest land predators in the world — only rivaled by the Alaskan Kodiak bear. Polar bears can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and can stand at 4.5 feet (at the shoulder), making this bear pretty darn big! They are also the most carnivorous of bears — eating primarily ringed seals and bearded seals. To survive the harsh temperatures in the Arctic, they rely on a high fat diet. They also have fur on the underside of their paws! This helps keep them nice and warm when swimming in the frigid waters and tracking through the heavy snow.
In this video, a trio of fresh-furred polar bear cubs emerge from their snow fort (den) for the very first time — check it out!
Modern climate change, which the scientific community widely attributes to human technologies, has shrunk the arctic region and has caused mother polar bears to den on land rather than ice. As snow gradually recedes inland, mother polar bears are finding it more and more difficult to protect their cubs from the Arctic wilderness, causing an increase in cub mortality rates and putting the species in danger.
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