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Polar Bear eating carrots, San Diego Zoo

Polar Bear eating carrots, San Diego Zoo

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Uploaded 20 Jan 2015 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2015
From collection: Californian Marine Reserves
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Polar bears in the Arctic need to have a fat layer providing great insulation. They must have a minimum of 10 centimeters of fat to survive the cold. It also provides buoyancy if the bear needs to swim. The layer of fat also provides energy storage when a meal is not around. This energy storage is especially critical for pregnant females that can go without eating for as long as eight months in some areas of the polar bear’s range. The wild diet of the polar bear is 90 to 95 percent fat to p ...
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