Polar Bear Cubs Adapt to Challenging Arctic Environment with Distinct Fur Layers
Surviving in the harsh Arctic conditions from birth, polar bears have developed a unique three-layered fur coat. The outermost layer, a white coat, serves dual purposes: aiding in warmth retention and providing camouflage when they master the art of blending in.
Just like other young animals, polar bear cubs remain under their mother’s care until they mature. Despite forming small social groups, their numbers are relatively low due to various survival challenges, including threats from predators and the effects of climate change.
Given these circumstances, the mother polar bear is especially protective of her offspring. While the two cubs follow her lead, she frequently turns to check on them. Recognizing her cub’s fatigue, the mother bear lies down, inviting the tired cub to rest close by.
One of the cubs seizes the opportunity to lie down and rest, while the other, eager to continue playing in the snow, joins in but stands slightly apart.
In an amusing turn of events, the cub near the ice hole is taken by surprise when a seal suddenly emerges, startling the bear and causing it to tumble backward.
Witness this comical moment in the video clip below: