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Answers to yesterday’s quiz question - Polar bear paws are remarkably adapted for life in the Arctic environment but can you identify an adaptation their paws have that enables them to survive in such a harsh environment?
Measuring up to 12 inches across, their enormous paws help to distribute their weight when walking on thin ice. 
Their footpads are covered by papillae which help to assist with grip when moving on the slippery ice. 
Polar bears also have long fringes of fur between their toes and footpads which help to prevent them from slipping as well as providing some protection from the freezing surface.
Each toe has a non-retractile, thick and curved claw which can measure around 2 inches long. These claws are used for grasping prey as well as for traction when running and climbing.
Their paws are also well designed for movement in water. The forepaws of polar bears are slighty webbed and are used as paddles when swimming with their hind paws acting as rudders to help steer.
Photo source: Valarie Abbott

Answers to yesterday’s quiz question - Polar bear paws are remarkably adapted for life in the Arctic environment but can you identify an adaptation their paws have that enables them to survive in such a harsh environment?

  • Measuring up to 12 inches across, their enormous paws help to distribute their weight when walking on thin ice.

  • Their footpads are covered by papillae which help to assist with grip when moving on the slippery ice.

  • Polar bears also have long fringes of fur between their toes and footpads which help to prevent them from slipping as well as providing some protection from the freezing surface.

  • Each toe has a non-retractile, thick and curved claw which can measure around 2 inches long. These claws are used for grasping prey as well as for traction when running and climbing.

  • Their paws are also well designed for movement in water. The forepaws of polar bears are slighty webbed and are used as paddles when swimming with their hind paws acting as rudders to help steer.

Photo source: Valarie Abbott

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photos by (click pic) arn finn johansen and ole jorgen liodden together in norway’s svalbard archipelago

A Polar Bear’s Back Foot by John Hallam
Here’s a little quiz for you! Polar bear paws are remarkably adapted for life in the Arctic environment but can you identify an adaptation their paws have that enables them to survive in such a harsh environment?

A Polar Bear’s Back Foot by John Hallam

Here’s a little quiz for you! Polar bear paws are remarkably adapted for life in the Arctic environment but can you identify an adaptation their paws have that enables them to survive in such a harsh environment?

end0skeletal:

(via 500px / First steps by André Gilden)

Precious moments

end0skeletal:

(via 500px / First steps by André Gilden)

Precious moments

jaws-and-claws:

20121021-_16Q8367 by MyKeyC on Flickr.

jaws-and-claws:

20121021-_16Q8367 by MyKeyC on Flickr.

ponderation:

Just A Bite by Rocco Cafagna

ponderation:

Just A Bite by Rocco Cafagna

Here’s your daily dose of cuteness ʕ ´ᴥ`ʔ

(Source: biomorphosis, via biomorphosis)

Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England welcomes their first polar bear.
Victor, who weighs 1,058 pounds, arrived at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Thursday after making the well-planned journey from Rhenen Zoo in Holland by ferry. You can watch Victor’s journey here.
The 15-year-old bear has been so successful in the European Breeding programme that he had to be retired. But now Victor will spend his retirement in a 10 acre environment which mimics the summer tundra. It includes rocky hills, dens and a lake covering an area of 6,500 square metres and reaches 8 metres deep with an island situated in the centre.
Victor is now part of the Park’s Project Polar which aims to house retired polar bears or others that are in need of rescuing from unsuitable conditions.
Visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park website for more.
Photo via YWP

Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England welcomes their first polar bear.

Victor, who weighs 1,058 pounds, arrived at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Thursday after making the well-planned journey from Rhenen Zoo in Holland by ferry. You can watch Victor’s journey here.

The 15-year-old bear has been so successful in the European Breeding programme that he had to be retired. But now Victor will spend his retirement in a 10 acre environment which mimics the summer tundra. It includes rocky hills, dens and a lake covering an area of 6,500 square metres and reaches 8 metres deep with an island situated in the centre.

Victor is now part of the Park’s Project Polar which aims to house retired polar bears or others that are in need of rescuing from unsuitable conditions.

Visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park website for more.

Photo via YWP