Polar bears spend much of their lives hunting for food. Almost half of their time is spent looking for things to eat, and sometimes they have to travel very far to find it. Only two percent of their hunts are actually successful, so they have to be persistent! There was one polar bear who went on a nonstop nine-day, 426-mile swim to find some food. That’s about the same as swimming from Washington, D.C. to Detroit!
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Status and Conservation
Polar bears are not just crafty hunters; they are also quite playful and will wrestle with fellow bear “friends” and slide repeatedly downhill on ice for fun. This is not all fun and games though; —play is an important part of cubs’ development and helps them practice skills they will later use to hunt and protect themselves.