Monday, May 21, 2012

Polar Bears

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We couldn't tour Alaska without stopping to give tribute to polar bears. They look so soft and cuddly, but actually they are one of the most feared bears, right up there along side the grizzly bear. Polar bear's scientific name means "maritime bear." Their diet is mainly seal so they spend a great deal of their time swimming. The only polar bears I've seen were at the zoo. A mamma bear had two cubs and they are very cute and lively. They loved diving in their pool. Needless to say, they were a big attraction.

Polar bears are greatly revered by Native Alaskans. They have folklore telling how the polar bear taught them to hunt. For some the bear is a form of the Great Spirit, Tuurngasuk. Some tribes have a ritual of "thanksgiving" to the hunted polar bear. Many people of north-central Siberia believe the canine teeth of polar bears have talismanic power, and if they sow a polar bear's teeth on their hats the brown bear will not dare attack them.

 I found a wonderful clip about polar bears. I think I'd be worried if a polar bear where hugging my dog, but they appear to be having a good time.










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2 comments:

  1. polar bears are so cool. When we were at the zoo the other day a polar bear was showing off for us and swimming laps in the pool. He definitely enjoyed the attention.

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  2. I love to watch them, but I don't know what I'd do if I ran into a polar bear in the wild. Of course, one has to wonder what I would be doing in the Arctic, but that's another story. :)

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