Polar Bear



Polar bear = ours polaire (ou « ours blanc » )

***** Location: Canada
***** Season: winter hiver
***** Category: Animal


The polar bear is indigenous to Canada. Its habitat is the far North & the Arctic. It roams on the barren snows of the tundra, and on the ice pack of the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are expert hunters and fishers. Due to increasing encroachment on its previously pristine environment, the polar bear may soon be a species in danger.

Richard Vallance

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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native to the Arctic and Subarctic. The world's largest land carnivore, an adult male generally weighs 300–600 kg (660–1320 lb), while an adult female is about half that size. Its fur is hollow and translucent, but usually appears as white or cream colored, thus providing the animal with effective camouflage, though its skin is actually black. Its thick blubber and fur insulate it against the cold. The bear has a short tail and small ears that help reduce heat loss, as well as a relatively small head and long, tapered body to streamline it for swimming.

A semi-aquatic marine mammal, the polar bear is adapted for a life on land, sea, and ice, and is the apex predator within its range. It feeds mainly on seals, young walruses, and whales, although it is an opportunistic feeder and will eat almost anything if hungry.

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Things found on the way



on ice floes
melting too early
polar bear cubs trapped

sur les banquises
glace fondée trop tôt
pour les oursons blancs

Richard Vallance 2008


Related words

***** Bear (kuma)Japan. Bear hunters (matagi),
Iomante Festival and many more


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