The Polar Bear: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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The polar bear is a majestic creature who roams tundras and icy waters. In a time where this species’ habitat is at risk, it’s more important than ever that people know more about them. Here are just some facts about these amazing carnivores. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Ancient Romans Used Them for Entertainment

Due to human’s past with animal exploitation, it may not come as a huge surprise to learn that Ancient Romans have used them. In their coliseums, many civilians would come to see how two animals – or more – would fight one another. Lions or other types of bears would be put down below against polar bears to fight to the death.

Number Fourteen: The Polar Bear Has Icy Skills

The polar bear has characteristics which allow it to survive so well in the arctic. In order to not slip, these creatures have bumps on their feet which are known as papillae.

Number Thirteen: Males Can Be Super Heavy

On average, the normal adult male weighs anywhere from 775 and 1200 pounds. That’s enough to outweigh more than 5 men, which is crazy to think about.

Number Twelve: Their Appetite Is Sealy

For the most part, the polar bear eats seals to stay alive. It has been understood that they consume these animals because they are the highest source of calories for the bears, which they use to store fat for the winter.

Number Eleven: The Polar Bear Could Be Gone in a Century

Although it isn’t new knowledge that climate change has been extremely harming polar bear populations, many people don’t know the rate of it. If things are to continue as they are, all polar bear species will be wiped out in the next hundred years.

Number Ten: They’re Totally Better Than Michael Phelps

While Michael Phelps beats the human record for the quickest swimmer, he doesn’t come close to the swimming ability of the polar bear. Polar bears can swim for a week without stopping!

Number Nine: The Polar Bear Gets Too Hot

Despite living in the coldest parts of the world, polar bears don’t often have to struggle to keep warm. In fact, they have more of an issue overheating. There’s so much more to know about these bears that the average person isn’t aware of. Stay tuned for the next part of the article, which is coming soon!

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