Polar Bear

Created on Day 6

Design

The polar bear is a smart hunter. It will spend hours beside the breathing hole of a seal in the ice. When the seal emerges for air, the polar bear will use its claws to grab the seal. This instinct came into play after the Fall. The paws of the polar bear are uniquely adapted for its life on snow and ice. The fur helps it grip the ice, and the partial webbing between the toes aids in swimming.

Features

  • The polar bear is known for what appears to be its pure white fur and massive size. It is the largest of the bear kind.

Fun Facts

  • The polar bear’s skin is actually black. This helps absorb heat from the sun.
  • The fur is made of clear, hollow tubes, and it covers even the bottoms of its paws.
  • The polar bear is often found far from land on drifting ice floes.
  • It is equally comfortable in the water and on land and it can travel up to 5,500 miles (8,860 km) a year.
  • The distribution of the polar bear roughly follows the southernmost limit of ice floes.

Created Kind Members

Brown bear, panda, black bear

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)

FAMILY: Ursidae (bear kind)

GENUS/SPECIES: Ursus maritimus

Size: 8–11 ft (2.4–3.4 m)

Weight: 500–1,500 lbs (250–680 kg); Males are larger than females

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet Mostly seals; also fish, plants, and birds

Habitat: Tundra and sea ice in Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere