Polar Bears and How to Save Them | Mission Animal Rescue


LEO: HEY DAD,
WHERE ARE MY SLIPPERS? AH, HERE THEY ARE. YOU KNOW, POLAR BEARS
DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM KEEPING WARM
LIKE WE DO. THEY’RE EQUIPPED WITH FUR
AND LAYERS OF FAT SO THEY CAN SWIM AND HUNT
IN ICY COLD ARTIC WATERS. THEY CAN EVEN STAY UNDER WATER
FOR AS LONG AS TWO MINUTES AND HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO
SWIM FOR 200 MILES IN A SINGLE STRETCH. ONE FEMALE POLAR BEAR
WAS TRACKED SWIMMING FOR 9 DAYS STRAIGHT,
SHE DESERVES A MEDAL! SOMETIMES YOU CAN SEE
POLAR BEARS GOING FOR A RIDE ON THE ICE… AS THEY FLOAT ALONG THEY
CAN SMELL THEIR PREY, SEALS THAT ARE
SWIMMING BENEATH. IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE WE THINK
OF POLAR BEARS AS BEING WHITE, BUT THEIR FUR IS
ACTUALLY TRANSPARENT. HOW COOL IS THAT? THEY TOTALLY BLEND INTO
THEIR SURROUNDINGS. OH AND DID YOU KNOW THAT
POLAR BEARS HAVE BELLYBUTTONS? I WONDER IF THEY GET LINT
TRAPPED IN THERE TOO? BUT BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING,
MORE AND MORE OF THE ARCTIC ICE IS STARTING TO
MELT AND POLAR BEARS MAY DISAPPEAR ALONG WITH IT. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE ABOUT
25,000 POLAR BEARS LIVING IN THE
ARCTIC REGION, RESEARCHERS PREDICT
THAT IN 50 YEARS, TWO-THIRDS OF
THEM WILL BE GONE. NOT JUST BECAUSE
OF GLOBAL WARMING, BUT ALSO BECAUSE
OF OIL DRILLING, POLLUTION AND HUNTING. POLAR BEARS ARE ACTUALLY
CONSIDERED MARINE MAMMALS LIKE SEALS AND WHALES
BECAUSE THEY ARE DEPENDENT ON THE SEA FOR THEIR FOOD. THEY’RE A CRUCIAL PART
OF THE ARCTIC ECOSYSTEM. THE HEALTH OF THEIR POPULATION
INDICATES THE HEALTH OF THE ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM,
GOOD OR BAD. MANY OF THE 21,000 SPECIES
WHO LIVE IN THE ARCTIC WOULD BE EFFECTED BY THE
LOSS OF THE POLAR BEAR. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS
THAT WE CAN DO THINGS, LIKE RIGHT THIS MINUTE
THAT WILL HELP SAVE THE POLAR BEARS IN
A VERY REAL WAY. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO
LEAVE YOUR HOUSE TO DO IT. SAVING ENERGY AND PROTECTING
THE ENVIRONMENT CAN HELP SLOW DOWN AND MAYBE
EVEN STOP GLOBAL WARMING. MY FRIENDS AND I STARTED
A CLUB CALLED “THE SCREAMING GREENIES”
WHERE WE SHARE IDEAS, DO COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND TAKE
A PLEDGE TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO HELP SAVE THE PLANET
AND THE POLAR BEARS. LAST WEEK WE MADE A POLAR
BEAR COOKBOOK TO SELL. ALL OF THE MONEY WE RAISE WILL
GO TOWARDS A FOUNDATION THAT’S HELPING TO SAVE
THE POLAR BEARS. NO, WE AREN’T COOKING POLAR
BEARS OR EVEN EATING LIKE POLAR BEARS, WALRUS PIZZA
AND NARWHAL FRIES ANYONE? IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOOSING
HEALTHY FOODS THAT ARE LOCALLY GROWN,
MINIMALLY PROCESSED AND DON’T REQUIRE A LOT
OF ENERGY TO COOK. NOW, I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT
I’M NOT MUCH OF A COOK, BUT I DO LOVE TO DRAW. I CALL THIS ONE,
“POLAR BEAR IN A SNOWSTORM.” I KNOW, I KNOW, BUT
I COULDN’T HELP IT![LAUGHING].MISSION ANIMAL RESCUE
BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD. VISIT NATGEO.COM/
KIDS/MISSION-ANIMAL-RESCUE.

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