COLD BATH !!!
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|Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)|
Order : Carnivora
Family : Ursidae
Diet : Carnivorous, feeding on seals (principally ringed seals), fish, small mammals, birds, marine invertebrates, eggs and carrion. It also eats berries and seaweed.
Reproduction : Females are sexually mature at 4 to 5 years and males at 5 to 6 years. Mating occurs between late February and early June. The 2 cubs are born between late November and January after a delayed implantation (5-7 months) followed by an active gestation period of 2 months, and are weaned after about 1˝ years.
Longevity : Up to 20 years in the wild and 40 years in captivity.
Predators : No natural predator, except occasionally taken by killer whales.
Status : Protected, but remains of concern because of the deterioration of its habitat due to global warming
The picture of this polar bear was taken at the Zoo of St-Félicien in the superb region of Lac St-Jean in Quebec to get some shots of North American species living in their natural habits. The Zoo is open during the winter and you will get to see in the next days my pictures of the following animals : polar bear, red fox, river otter, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, Canada lynx, cougar, coyote, snowy owl and bald eagle.
All pictures taken in the snow on a beautiful clear and sunny sky, but cold day (-15°C or 5°F).
So just stay tune, and enjoy !!!
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- [2006-01-11 3:37]
Hi Stephan, I wish he had his head facing you, but still you are nice and close to him. His yellow fur shows up well. I look forward to seeing your other photos, TFS.
Excellent shot on this polar bear. The compo. and framing are perfect here. Looking forward to more good shots from your zoo trip. The polar bear at the St. Louis zoo always looks like he is bored to death, and his fur had some really bad black patches in it, so I passed on any polar bear shots. I'll just enjoy this one!
Great instant, Stephan. The bear looks in its element. Nice details on the photo overall.
Pose is excellent, Stephen! Great work ...Thanks for sharing.