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Polar bears are adorable creatures that are basically like furry furnaces, so get ready to snuggle up to their big round bellies because we've got 10 amazing polar bear facts for you!

They Have Bumpy Feet
They Have Bumpy Feet

Ever wonder why polar bears don't slip on ice that often? It's all thanks to the small bumps on their paws called papillae

They Weigh A Lot
They Weigh A Lot

The largest polar bear ever recorded weighed 2,209 pounds, which is equivalent to more than a dozen men. On average, male polar bears weigh closer to about five or seven men, weighing in between 775 and 1,200 pounds. Females typically weigh half as much as the males. 

 

 

They've Got Some Amazing Sniffers On Them
They've Got Some Amazing Sniffers On Them

Polar bears have a super strong sense of smell that helps them find food—namely seals. Their noses are so good that they can sniff out a seal on the ice more than 20 miles away!

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They Can Go A Long Time Without Eating
They Can Go A Long Time Without Eating

After seven to 10 days of eating nothing, a polar bear can slow its metabolism down until it finds more food

 

 

Their Fur Is Transparent
Their Fur Is Transparent

Though they may look white to us, their fur is actually see-through. Beneath their fur, their skin is black and they only appear white to us because their fur reflects visible light, making them blend in with their snowy surroundings

 

Momma's Boy
Momma's Boy

Baby polar bears are rather helpless on their own and are typically nursed by their mothers for two and half years

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They Don't Hibernate
They Don't Hibernate

Unlike most other bears, polar bears don't actually hibernate. When the mother bear is raising her cubs, she typically won't eat or drink anything while she's in the den with them for weeks

They've Been Here For A While
They've Been Here For A While

According to scientists, polar bears have been around as a species for about 600,000 years

 

They're Practically Invisible
They're Practically Invisible

While trying to count a polar bear population from the air, scientists found that they were hard to track using heat-sensing infrared. Polar bears are so well insulated that barely any heat escapes from their bodies through their blubber and fur, so only their eyes and noses showed up on the infrared tracking devices

 

They Like To Travel
They Like To Travel

Their home territories can range from a few hundred to a few thousand miles. There was once a female polar bear that was tracked by satellite as she roamed from Alaska to Greenland to Canada and then back to Greenland again! That's 3,000 miles, and it was all on foot

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