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Arctic Animals. Polar Bears. Characteristics of Polar Bears. A group of polar bears is called a "Celebration of Polar Bears". Polar bears can grow to 10 feet long and weigh 1,700 pounds. Males are bigger than females. Strong sense of smell. Run up to 40 mph.

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Arctic animals

Arctic Animals

Polar Bears

Characteristics of polar bears
Characteristics of Polar Bears

  • A group of polar bears is called a "Celebration of Polar Bears".

  • Polar bears can grow to 10 feet long and weigh 1,700 pounds.

  • Males are bigger than females.

  • Strong sense of smell.

  • Run up to 40 mph.

  • Wide front paws with webbed toes.

  • Paddle with front feet, steer with hind feet.

  • Paw pads have rough surfaces to help polar bears from slipping on the ice.

Polar bears have
Polar Bears Have:

  • Small heads.

  • Powerful jaws.

  • Black noses.

  • Black tongues.

  • Small flat tails.

  • 42 teeth.

All about polar bears
All About Polar Bears

  • Polar bears have two types of fur.

  • Thick, woolly fur close to the skin.

  • Hollow guard hairs stick up and protect the bears from getting wet. These guard hairs are like drinking straws, clear-colored (not white).

  • The white-looking coat camouflages them in the snow and ice.

  • Under the fur, polar bears have black skin.

  • Have a thick layer of fat (up to 4 inches thick) under the skin.

Where can you find polar bears
Where Can You Find Polar Bears?

  • The polar bear or the sea/ice bear are the world's largest land predators. 

  • Can be found in the artic, the U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), and Norway. .

  • Each of these countries either banned hunting or established rules for how many polar bears you can hunt.

  • Today, 25,000 to 40,000 polar bears roam the arctic.

Polar bears and their families
Polar Bears and Their Families

  • Pregnant females polar bears (called sows) build snow dens.

  • Give birth to 1-3 cubs.

  • Cubs are born 12 to 14 inches long and weigh little more than a pound.They are blind, toothless, and covered with short, soft fur.

  • Completely dependent on mother for warmth and food.

  • Cubs normally stay with the mother for the first two years.

  • Cubs are much smaller than human babies when born.

  • Male polar bears (called boars) are active all year.

How do polar bears hunt
How Do Polar Bears Hunt?

  • In cold weather, polar bears, except pregnant females, head out onto the ice to hunt seals.

  • Have been spotted hundreds of miles from shore.

  • When the ice is very thin, polar bears crawl on their bellies to keep from breaking the ice and falling in.

  • Polar bears spend as much time on ice as they do on land.

What polar bears eat
What Polar Bears Eat

  • Polar bears are carnivores (meat-eaters).

  • Hunt and catch their prey in the water.

  • Eat mostly seals.

  • Stomach can hold up to 150 pounds.

  • Polar bears don't drink water.

How polar bears communicate with each other
How Polar Bears Communicate With Each Other?

  • Use body language and sounds.

  • A deep growl gives a warning to other bears.

  • Growls are commonly used to defend their food source.

  • To beg food from another bear, polar bears will approach slowly, circle around the food, and then softly offer a nose-to-nose greeting.

  • When a polar bear wants to play with another polar bear , he wags his head from side to side.

  • An adult bear will stand on his hind legs, chin lowered to chest and front paws hanging by his side.

  • Angry polar bears make loud roars and growls.

  • Mother bears scold their cubs with a low growl or a soft cuff.

Polar bear finger play
Polar Bear Finger Play

  • One momma bear curled up in a ball(hug yourself)

  • Two babies sleeping, so furry and small (use hands to lean head on)

  • Three frisky bears tumble in the snow(making fists, turn in a circle)

  • Four bears paddle “go bears go”(moving both hands and arms to represent moving water)

Thank you
Thank You