Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
What Do Polar Bears Look Like?
You just read a book at school that had a polar bear and a penguin in it. They were best friends, but your teacher tells you that polar bears and penguins don't actually live in the same habitat. You started wondering more about polar bears, like what they eat and how big they get. Well, you've come to the right place!
Polar bears are an ocean mammal. A mammal is an animal that has hair, is warm-blooded, and gives birth to live babies. Polar bears are huge! They can weigh anywhere between 700 and 1,600 pounds! They have big paws and usually have thick white fur that keeps them warm in their cold environments.
What Do Polar Bears Eat?
Polar bears are carnivores. This means that they only eat meat. They usually eat fish, walruses, and seals that they find in the water. The ringed seal is their main meal. Don't worry, they don't eat penguins!
Polar bears have a great sense of smell and can smell seals from a mile away! Polar bears hunt seals through breathing holes the seals create in the ice and by standing near cracking or shifting ice. When they see their food swim by, they attack!
Where Do Polar Bears Live?
Polar bears live in the Arctic, or the North Pole. They live on ice at the coastline. Polar bears use their webbed front paws to help them swim in the water. They have lots of fat on their bodies that helps keep them warm in the cold weather!
How Do Polar Bears Grow?
Baby polar bears are called cubs, just like regular bears! Polar bears are usually born in groups of two cubs at a time. They are born in a snow den so they are protected from the cold weather! Polar bears usually live by themselves and hunt by themselves when they grow up. Polar bears can live to be 25 years old when they live in the wild.
Fun Facts About Polar Bears
Here are some other fun facts about polar bears.
- Polar bears are really good swimmers and have been known to swim 60 miles at a time!
- Even though they look white, polar bears have black skin!
Polar bears are huge ocean mammals! They are carnivores and eat fish, seals, and other water animals. Polar bears live in the Arctic and live mostly on the ice. They have two babies at a time called cubs.
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