The polar bear is not only the biggest species of bear in the world but the polar bear is also the largest carnivorous animal found on the land. Average male polar bears can measure more than 3 meters in height and weigh nearly half a ton.
Although the bitter winters within the Arctic Circle are a menace for many animal species, it is the best time of the year for a polar bear to hunt for food. Polar bears find hunting on solid ground (ice) easier than hunting in the water making the frozen Arctic winters the perfect time to feed.
Polar Bear Feeding
Polar bears are carnivorous and their diet is therefore purely meat-based. Seals are the primary source of food for the polar bear who generally launches its attack when the seal is on the ice. Polar bears also attempt to hunt walrus but they are a difficult catch due to their large size.
Polar Bear Family
Due to the constantly warming climate, large areas within the Arctic Circle that were once vast stretches of compact ice have been reduced to water. This habitat loss is devastating for the polar bear as it makes finding and catching food much more difficult.
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