May 24, 2012 § 4 Comments
Polar bears live in one of the earth’s coldest environments by depending on their thick insulated fur covering a warm layer of fat. The fur even grows on the bottom of their paws acting as shoes allowing the bears to walk on ice and providing grip. Their coats are white acting as camouflage so they can blend into the snow and ice. Underneath their coats there skin is black so they can absorb heat. Polar bears are very good swimmers and have slightly webbed feet used to paddle. Typically the bears prey on seals when they come up under the ice to breathe. Although these animals are attractive and appealing they are not afraid and should not be approached and left alone in their territory.
The Polar bear is also one of the first animals to become endangered from global warming. No one knows exactly how many polar bears are alive today but scientists guess around 22,000 – 40,000 in the world today, maybe even less. It is very sad knowing that these amazing creatures will one day become extinct because of human impact.