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!
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.
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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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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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.
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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