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Creature Features: Polar Bears

Awwww – look how well this sleepy polar bear blends into the background! But, did you know that he only appears to match the snow? Polar bears actually have transparent fur that allows sunlight to pass through the hair and become absorbed by the bear's black skin, helping to keep them extra toasty! The fur looks white because it's reflecting the white surroundings while helping him blend in. In fact, polar bears have two coats of fur – an outer one with hollow guard hairs and a softer, inner one combining as a double-layer to heat them up. Added to that is a layer of fat from two to four inches thick that provides a third level of insulation – perfect for those North Pole temps! For those of you experiencing an onslaught of wintery days, 'tis the best season to watch the polars bears in action at your local zoos – my fave is Gus at New York's Central Park Zoo.


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princessgroban82 princessgroban82 9 years
I love polar bears! I hate that they are going extinct. It's so sad. They are gorgeous creatures.
Save the Polar Bears!! The Bush administration will rule upon whether to list the Polar Bears on the endagered species list, and whether to protect them, within the next 30 days. If they choose not to, there will be court battles from environmental groups to overrule him. Even if the admin does choose to protect these animals, it will do no good if they fail to protect their habitat. Thankfully, there are environmental groups that will do whatever in their power to make sure these animals, and their habitats are protected, so that our children may experience their beauty. Species extinction is occurring at 1000 times the natural rate!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I love polar bears!
Bonne Bonne 9 years
I love the bears! Polar, grizzly, all of em.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
One new Year night, in a drunken stupor, my boyfriend proceeded to ask everyone he encountered what their favorite animal is. When someone said Polar Bear, he said "ME TOO!!!!" And proceeded to talk about how cool they are for a long time. I like polar bears, but they will forever remind me of this story haha.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
POLAR BEARS!!! :love:
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Global Warming is real! Save the polar bears! Google it! =)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Polar Bears are one of my favorite type of bears! They can be soooo mean, but look at that cuddly tub of white fluff!!!
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