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Wild Things: The Polar Bear

Polar bears are the world's largest land predators. They are at the top of the food chain in the North Pole and dine mostly on seals and Coca-Cola. Just kidding, although the seal part is true, the Coke part isn't.

Polar bears live throughout the Arctic. The five areas known as 'polar bear nations' are Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland and Norway. Because polar bears never seem to be happy in one spot, people thought they were aimless wanderers. But their wandering is anything but aimless. The place a polar bear considers home depends on how much food is in the area. Polar bears living in an area packed with lots of ice and seals will have a smaller territory and therefore don't roam as much.

The Weighty Issues

An adult male weighs anywhere from 775 pounds to more than 1,500 pounds. Female polar bears are much smaller and normally weigh 330 to 550 pounds. Although they are smaller, females don't get pushed around. Male polar bears have been seen running in terror from a mother defending her cubs.

The Truth about Deaths

The 'Polar Bear Capital of the World' is Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, which was established in 1771. This town has had polar bears stroll into trailers, homes, onto porches and even a legion so a lot of people have probably been killed, right? Wrong!. Despite the number of scary encounters, only two locals have ever been killed by polar bears.

  • In all of Canada, only seven people have been killed by polar bears in the past 30 years.
  • In Alaska, during the same time period, only one person was killed.
  • In all recorded history, only 19 people have been killed by polar bears in Russia.
  • In each case where a human was killed by a polar bear, the animal was starving or had been provoked.

Myths

Have you heard that these great white bears are lefty's? Scientists studying the animals haven't seen a preference. Polar bears seem to use their right and left paws about the same.

Another myth you might have heard is that polar bears use objects, like blocks of ice, to kill their food. Not true. This belief probably comes from fruitless attempts at hunting. After failing to catch a seal, a frustrated and angry polar bear may kick the snow, slap the ground or even hurl chunks of ice. In other words they have temper tantrums.

Have you ever seen pictures of penguins and polar bears hanging out like best buds? This image is popular in children's books. Polar bears live only in the North Pole.
They have never seen penguins,
which live only in the South Pole.

Fun Facts

  • Polar bears are considered a marine mammal. Maybe because they spend just as much time on ice as they do on land.
  • Even though our eyes tell us differently, a polar bear's fur is not white. Each hair is completely color free and transparent with a hollow core. Polar bears look white because the hollow core scatters and reflects visible light, just like ice and snow does. When photographed with film sensitive to ultraviolet light, polar bears appear black.
  • A polar bear is so well bundled-up that it loses almost no heat. In addition to its thick fur, the bear's blubber can be up to 4.5 inches thick. In fact, they're so well insulated that adult males quickly overheat when they run.
  • When the ice is very thin, polar bears crawl on their bellies to keep from breaking the ice and falling in. By crawling, the bears spread out their weight more evenly.

Have you had an encounter with a polar bear? Have you heard any other myths about these great white bears?

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(Oops I forgot to censor something earlier. Sorry KW) Section Seven Yoshiki Kishinuma was beyond panicked. He had to tell himself not to scream. He heard the clapping. But... Only two. Something happened to Morishige. He wouldn't mess around at a time like this. "Crap crap crap! MORISHIGE! Where are you?!" Before he could come to his senses, he felt someone tap his shoulder. "There you are, Kishinuma-kun!! Have you seen Suzume?" "H-huh?! Shinohara?" "Mhm! Seiko Shinohara, at your service!" "...What are you going on about? Did Suzumoto come with you...?" "Yeah! She told me Morishige-kun went to look for you. She was worried, and I decided to help her look for you two. So... Where is he?" "...That's what I want to know. Shinohara... Something happened to him." "...H-huh?!" "He was signaling me... But he didn't finish. He was supposed to clap three times, but he only clapped twice." Shinohara's eyes went wide. This couldn't be happening. Morishige, the loner... "...Well, where did he go?!" "Hmm... Over there. Near that trailer." "Let's go, Kishinuma!" "Right." He began to walk in the direction of the trailer. He made sure he was cautious and didn't make a lot of noise. Shinohara followed suit. They made it there after some time passed, and they noticed an insane looking guy standing around. He was tall, wearing black, and holding a bloody knife. "Su... Zu... Mo... To..." His tone then became a sing song. "You're going to regret going in there! Hehehehehehehe." Kishinuma approached the thug and punched him without hesitation. "What... Did you... Just say?!" "Ohoho! It's you! The guy that failed to protect his girlfriend! Yoshiki Kishinuma, right?" "...Shinozaki is not my girlfriend! Where are they? Her. Morishige. And Suzumoto. TELL ME!" "You won't like it. But you can go inside and look for yourself. Heheh... Please, do. I would love to see the look on your face! HAHAHAHAHA!" "...Kizami... What is wrong with you?!" Whatever, that didn't matter. He ignored whatever response Kizami gave and opened a window, and climbed inside. Shinohara was too torn as to what to do, so she stayed behind and ran off. He didn't blame her, though. It was freaky. And at this point... He could handle it on his own. "SHINOZAKI!!! MORISHIGE!!! SUZUMOTO!!!" No response. He decided to fire the big guns. "AYUMI 'CLASS REP' SHINOZAKI! SAKUTARO 'SHIG' MORISHIGE! MAYU 'SUZUME' SUZUMOTO! WHERE ARE YOU, DANG IT?!" He lost all composure and fell to his knees. They were nowhere to be seen... He cried. A lot. "Aww, come on! Don't leave me! That's not cool...!" As he continued wailing protests, he heard a familiar voice scream out. A male. "Kishinuma!!! Where are you...?! AND DON'T CALL ME SAKUTARO OR SHIG! I WILL GET YOU... Ugh..." Ah, Morishige. Kishinuma didn't even care that he was butt hurt. He was relieved to hear his voice. "I'm in this creepy trailer...! Wait! I'll follow the direction of your voice. Just hold on!" "No... Don't...!" Kishinuma didn't listen. He followed Morishige's voice until he reached a dimly lit room. This must be where the light was coming from... On closer inspection, he saw the three people he was looking for. Ayumi was laying across a table, and her eyes were open in horror. Morishige was stuck to a wall. He had cuffs on his wrists and ankles. Suzumoto wasn't trapped, just trying to free him. "Suzumoto! Are you getting it undone?!" "Yeah... Why don't you get the class rep?" Morishige protested. "Mayu, don't say that! Kishinuma... Don't do anything! Let me... Take care of it... Please..." "MORISHIGE! How... HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT?! That's the whole reason I came here! I WILL get her! Understand me?!" "...Kishinuma, I'm being serious! It's... For your own good!" "SHUT UP! I'm tired of your lies!" Morishige continued to protest, but Kishinuma ignored him. He walked over to Shinozaki, and noticed something. She had blood all over her uniform. She was paler than ever... And she didn't say anything. He bent down closer, and noticed she wasn't breathing. "...N-no..." Mayu finally freed Morishige, and they both watched him. "...WHAT DID THEY DO TO YOU... Shinozaki..." Mayu walked over to him. "...Why... Why don't we let Shig handle it?" "..." He didn't say anything else as he ran out of the trailer. He felt tears streaming down his face. Mayu followed him, and it didn't take long for Morishige to retrieve the body and catch up with them.
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