Meet The Bear That Is Half Polar Bear And Half Grizzly

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 25, 2024

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Grolar bear / pizzly bear
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If we were to list some of the most common animals, we might think of sharks, foxes, or dolphins. However, the world is filled with hybrid species. And they are just as unique and beautiful as the animals we know and love so well. For instance, the Clymene dolphin, pampas fox, or the Australian blacktip shark. Let’s get a little more information about this hybrid species of bear that is shown in the video above. 

The World of Bears And Their Species

The YouTube video clip at the top of this blog post brings us into the world of bears to see a hybrid species. The Predator Wild YouTube channel shares this educational video with us. They offer a variety of instructional commentaries on animals such as the Komodo dragon, killer whale, king cobra, and alligators. 

Meet the Hybrid Species of the Polar Bear and Grizzly Bear

According to Live Science, a hybrid species of the polar bear and grizzly bear is known as a prizzly bear. The mating of the polar and grizzly bears directly correlates to climate change. “As the world warms and Arctic sea ice thins, starving polar bears are being driven ever further south, where they meet grizzlies, whose ranges are expanding northwards.” 

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History shares that scientists discovered in 2006 that these two bears would often breed together. And their names would either go by prizzlies or grolar bears. If a male polar bear mated with a female grizzly bear, it would be referred to as a prizzly. And if a male grizzly bear mated with a female polar bear, it would be called a grolar bear. 

How Big Are Prizzly Bears?

Grolar bear / pizzly bear

Prizzly bears scientific name is

Ursus arctos × Ursus maritimus


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Let’s first dive into the size of the prizzly bear parents. The grizzly bear (Ursus Arctos Horriblis) is a fierce predator that many prey and humans are scared of. They can weigh anywhere from 400-800 pounds and reach up to 10 feet tall. Grizzlies are omnivores that eat salmon, fruit, and various other fish.

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are the largest of the bear species. They weigh up to 1,300+ pounds and reach up to 8.3 feet. Polar bears are carnivores that eat seals and seabirds.

The prizzly bear can reach anywhere from 3-5 feet tall, 6.5-10 feet long, and can weigh about 1,000 pounds. Their primary diet is seal blubber, and because of this, they have smaller molars than the grizzly and polar bears do. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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