February 27th is Polar Bear Day!
Polar bears are the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore. But at the same time, they look so super cute an cuddly, right?! If I could, I would just love to hug one. That thick, plush, white fur… those big snuggly arms… that sweet teddy bear face… However, due to polar bears’ massive size (standing up to nine feet tall and weighing up to 1,400 pounds), it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t want to embrace. These beautiful yet commanding creatures are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, and also are at home in regions of the North Pole as well as on Coca Cola advertisements worldwide.
Here’s a cool fact: it is believed that all polar bears are left handed! Pretty random, I know, but also totally cool. I’m not a lefty, but a part of me has always wanted to be. (Is that weird?)
To follow that cool/random fact, here’s something really sad: experts in polar bear science believe that polar bears are endangered. If the Arctic continues to warm as a result of climate change, by the middle of this century we could lose two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population! The rapid loss of sea ice that comes from this climate change is threatening our sweet polar bears. Pollution, poaching, and industrial impact are also factors in the shrinking number of these furry friends.
Today, let’s celebrate this beautiful, majestic, mighty creature. Let’s also be mindful of what we can do to help prevent the extinction of polar bears, as well as all of the other animals on our precious planet that are in danger as a result of careless practices.
How to Celebrate
Video of the Day
This kills me. Check out these polar bear cubs open their eyes for the first time:
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