25 Fascinating Little Known Facts About Polar Bears

Undoubtedly, polar bears rank among the most amazing animals that have ever roamed our planet. The mere fact that these magnificent creatures manage to survive in one of the most extreme and cold places on Earth is admirable. We all know that polar bears, especially their cubs, can be irresistibly cute but what many people don’t know is the fact that they are also very intelligent and inventive. In fact, according to research scientist Alison Ames, polar bears may be just as smart as some apes. This intelligence is evident in the calculative way they hunt for seals.

Intelligence aside, polar bears are arguably the largest of all bears and the most recognizable (it’s a huge white bear…you can’t miss them). Unfortunately, polar bear populations are currently declining and are considered to be vulnerable to climate changes. In fact, polar bears were the first vertebrate species to be listed by the U.S. Endangered Species Act as threatened by extinction. We hope that the more we learn about these amazing creatures, the more willing we would be to save them. Take a stroll with use as we present to you 25 Fascinating Little Known Facts About Polar Bears. Get ready to see this beautiful creature in a brand new light.

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Although polar bears are usually born on land, they spend most of their time at sea. Their scientific name Ursus Maritimus means "maritime bear".

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Polar bears are thought to have diverged from a population of brown bears some 5 million years ago. They have evolved unique features that help them survive in the extremely cold Arctic region.

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But despite being a separate species for such a long time, the polar bears can still breed with brown bears to produce fertile grizzly–polar bear hybrids. This occurrence has happened in both wild as well as in captivity but is very rare.

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The most typical characteristic of a polar bear - the stark white fur - is not exactly what it appears to be. In fact, their hair follicles are transparent, hollow tubes. This causes them to reflect whatever light surrounds them.

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However, their fur might sometimes look a kind of yellowish or greenish. The yellowing is due to age and dirt, while the greenish color is caused by algae that can grow on polar bear fur in unnaturally warm and humid environments.

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