POLAR BEAR HABITAT
The polar bear can only be found in the Arctic region (which is why they are sometimes referred to as the "arctic bear").
It can be found in the following countries:
Greenland, Norway, Northern Canada, Alaska (America) and Russia.
Shown below is a map of the Artic regions and Polar ice cap.
Polar bears rely heavily on the pack ice there, since they spend a large percentage of their time hundreds of miles from land. The most essential habitat for polar bears are the edges of pack ice, where the seals frequent. Polar bears are very powerful swimmers and may cross 20 to 30 miles (approximately 30-50 kilometres) of water at a time, averaging 6 miles per hour. The polar bears wide front paws with slightly webbed toes, help them swim. They paddle with their large front paws and steer with their back legs, with their head and much of their body showing above the water.
| "AMAZING POLAR BEAR FACTS"
A polar bear in the wild will never
meet a penguin as penguins live
in the Antarctic, not the Arctic
Unlike its cousin the grizzly bear, the polar bear is not considered particularly territorial, despite its fierce reputation.
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