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Polar Bear, Polar Best

February 27, 2013
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re all doing well! Beary Bruised told me that today is a very special day for one of the members of his bear family…it’s International Polar Bear Day! Polar bears live in the Arctic in places like Alaska, Canada, and Russia. They are the largest of all bears, and they’re actually the largest land carnivore. The males can grow to about 8 to 10 feet and can weigh around 1500 pounds. That’s huge! Cherry-Ot told me that polar bears are very good swimmers, and they eat mostly seals. In fact, Cherry-Ot said that the polar bear’s scientific name is Ursus Maritimus which means “sea bear.”

International Polar Bear Day is very important because polar bears are endangered species. In addition to hunting and polluting, a big problem for polar bears is that the Earth’s temperature is rising. That means that the Arctic is getting warmer, and the sea ice is melting. And polar bears need that sea ice in order to hunt for food! Ping & Pong told me that the way we can all help the polar bears is by reducing our carbon footprint to help stop the Earth’s temperature from going up. That means finding more ways to recycle, carpool, and even walk or bike places instead of using a car. Polar bears are amazing animals, and we all should do our part to make sure that they’re protected. We can do this together!

So, let’s help polar bears! They (and you) are truly critterrific!

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