These little babies stay close to Mom!
Isn’t he so cute and fluffy? Polar bear babies start out tiny, but they grow up to be huge, some of the largest bears on our planet!
Baby polar bears are known as cubs. In the wild, they are born in the shelter of their mother’s den. Polar bear cubs are born sometime between the months of November and January, that’s the coldest part of the winter! It is not until late March or April that both the mother and the cubs will emerge from their den.
Polar bear cubs usually weigh approximately around 16 to 24 ounces and measure 12 inches long. It is interesting to note that males are slightly larger than the female cubs when they are born. Although these cuties are expected to grow huge when they turn adult – they could reach as tall as nine feet – they actually are small and helpless when they are born. Baby polar bears look hairless at birth since their fur is very fine.
Polar bear cubs are kept warm and protected from predators inside their dens. They spend most of their childhood life inside the den with their mother, and are nursed for three to four months. Before they are introduced to solid foods, they are fed by their mother’s milk that serves as the main source of their nutrition.
When polar bear cubs turn three or four months they are ready to leave their den, but only in the presence of their mother. Although they might start to hunt, testing their instincts and survival skills, they are expected to stay close to their mother. Mother polar bears will teach polar bear cubs the techniques in stalking their prey. Imagine how cute these baby polar bears would imitate their mothers in keeping their heads low, blending with snowdrifts, and using stealth in their hunting games. They do this after observing their mothers do the tricks for them at first.
Polar bear cubs are typically playful. During their childhood days, they are inclined to play with their mother and siblings. However, whenever they are introduced to the outside and real world, they will emulate the play fighting that most adult males do. For the young males, this is their way of practicing their fighting skills.
For as long as the baby polar bears are within their mother’s care, they get the utmost protection. Mother will make sure that they are safe, and that they learn all they need to know in order to survive the frigid tundra.
Polar Bear Facts – Facts about Polar Bears
• Polar bears are great swimmers
• Polar bears can swim very far away from land
• They live in some of the coldest areas of the world
• Their fur protects them from the cold weather along with a big layer of fat
• They make dens out of snow
• Most polar bear mothers give birth to twins
• They are not afraid of humans – which makes them very dangerous
• Polar bears can weigh up to 1,600lbs!
• They live anywhere from 25-30 years in the wild