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Illustration by Natalya Zahn

Polar Bears

Polar bear cubs stay near their mother for warmth. The cubs themselves have thick coats of fur and layers of fat to keep them warm. A pregnant female will dig a den in the fall, then stay there until her cubs are born and ready to leave the den (at bottom). The mother will protect and nurse the cubs for about two and a half years.

More About Polar Bears

Bear Beginnings: New Life on the Ice
See photos and a multimedia slideshow of polar bear babies.

Bear Necessities
Learn how polar bears survive the deep freeze.

Polar Bears Creature Feature
See and hear polar bears, send a polar bear postcard, and more!

Parents: Check out our video Really Wild Animals: Polar Prowl

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