Monday, November 15, 2010

Well that’s one way to break the ice... Polar bear comes face to face with filmmaker


Enormous creature: The polar bear engages filmmaker Tristan Bayer in a staring match in the wilderness in Canada

When you’re 10ft long in your bare paws - or should that be bear paws - eye contact with another creature is probably a bit of a novelty.

So this enormous polar bear decided to make the most of it, engaging wildlife filmmaker Tristan Bayer in a staring contest in Cape Churchill, Canada.

Mr Bayer’s giant Arctic monster truck gave him a rare height advantage, but the bear emerged victorious after leaning against the van and seeing off his opponent with a blast of bad breath.

Mr Bayer said: ‘We don’t usually have the bears this close to us filming but this bear was exceptional.

‘The bear huffed and puffed and finally won the staring contest because of his
horrid breath. Luckily they say white bears can’t jump.’


The polar bear is the largest four-footed carnivore on Earth and can live up to 25 years.

Its entire body is covered in fur - even the bottom of its paws, which helps prevent it from slipping on the ice.

Polar bear's feet are partially webbed for swimming, and their fur is water-repellent.

Although the polar bear's coat appears white, each hair is a clear hollow tube that channels the sun's energy directly to the bear's skin and helps it stay warm.

Polar bears are nomadic and travel an average of 15 miles a day.

Polar bears are exceptional swimmers and have been seen in the sea more than 100 miles from the nearest land or pack ice.

Polar bears are carnivorous and their primary prey is the ringed seal.

There are an estimated 22,000-27,000 polar bears worldwide.

Polar bears have occasionally been known to stalk and try to kill people.

Polar bears can run at more than 30 mph.

source: dailymail

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