|Polar Bears - Ursus maritimus - Baby Polar Bear - Pictures|
one species of bear that you definitely will not find
National Park! The POLAR BEAR can be found
primarily in the cold arctic regions of the North Pole.
Like the famed Grizzly
Bear, the Polar
Bear is huge! In some cases these bears have been documented
over 1600 pounds! Despite the Polar Bears extreme size,
it is an incredibly fast and powerful bear! Polar Bears
have been known to not only outrun deer on land for
the 1st hundred or so feet; but can also cross vast
distances of extremely cold open water well over 80
miles in a single swim. This amazing animal also has
the ability to dive deep under the floating ice packs;
only coming up periodically to take a breath through
an opened “Seal Hole”.
Baby Polar Bears are
born weighing less then 700 grams. The Polar
Bear Gestation Period varies considerably
between 190 & 260 days. This variable gestation
period is due to something called “Delayed Implantation”.
What this means is, the female may not actually become
fertilized at the moment of copulation. Instead, she
may store the male’s sperm inside her and keep
it viable until suitable conditions in her body and
surrounding habitat are ideal. Some species of turtle,
like the North American
Box Turtle (which is really a tortoise),
utilize “Delayed Implantation”. In fact,
there are documented cases of female Box Turtles /
Tortoises actually laying fertile viable eggs 7 years
after mating with a male. Nature is just so amazing!
Wild Polar Bears feed on a wide range of items. Although Polar Bears act primarily as a carnivore, like most bears they are also omnivorous by nature and are opportunistic feeders. The Polar Bears all time favorite food is unmistakably the Ringed Seal. Polar Bears just love the flesh and high calorie blubber of these marine mammals. The bears will often hang out for hours at the openings of “Seal Holes”, waiting to ambush any returning seals. Polar Bears are extremely crafty and patient hunters. They have very little fear and have even been filmed killing Stranded Beluga Whales. On rare occasions, isolated Beluga Whales get trapped under the vast sheets of floating ice packs. They are forced to come up for air in any remaining “Seal Holes” in the ice that they can locate. When this rare event happens, the Polar Bears take full advantage of it! Groups of Polar Bears will often surround the exhausted Beluga Whales. As they come up to take a breath they are attacked with claws and teeth until they die. Total bummer for the whale, total feast for the bear! A classic example of survival of the fittest in nature!
Now David and I have never worked with this amazing animal in captivity. We both admire it as we do all living creatures. Like everything else, the Polar Bear deserves protection. Please help us instill an interest in wildlife protection in others by passing on our site to your friends and family, or even better via a LINK. We hope you take the time to “watch and learn”, from the Sanctuary’s “EDUCATIONAL CENTER” and our Internationally renowned 30 + ANIMAL WEB CAMS placed inside the large naturalistic habitats of the Sanctuary’s Siberian Tigers, Bengal Tigers, African Lions, WHITE TIGERS, Ruffed Lemurs, and Ring Tail Lemurs. Remember, you can take “SNAP SHOTS” directly through the WEB CAMS to upload into our “GALLERY”, even having a chance to win our monthly “PHOTO CONTEST”!