Canada's wildlife is at it again, but this time they're playing out a classic scene from literature. It's The Count of Monte Cristo, or perhaps The Shawshank Redemption, zoo style.
Last April, US Geological Survey researchers collared four female polar bears north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Those collars were outfitted with small video cameras, and the USGS has just released the first videos they collected. They show a female eating, swimming, and socializing with a potential mate.
Very few predators think humans would make a tasty treat, but polar bears are members of that exclusive club. While shooting his BBC documentary series The Polar Bear Family and Me, filmmaker Gordon Buchanan was approached by a hungry, 1,000-pound polar bear as he sat in his plexiglass pod. He marvels at her…
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Every polar bear alive today shares a common maternal ancestor, and it isn't even a bear from the same species. Their mitochondrial DNA reveals a 100,000 year story of interbreeding and hybridization...and the story is far from over.
The polar ice caps are melting, damaging habitats and robbing animals of their basic resources. But polar bears have a decent chance of surviving the upheaval, thanks to snow goose eggs...and a little random good luck.
An armored polar bear, living in a future where bears have been uplifted into an intelligent but militarized species, controls a massive canon with a big old lens. But even though he's waiting to make his perfect shot, he manages to fall asleep while bunnies hop around his massive, armored paw and on his giant canon.