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Polar Bear Spotted Riding On Its Mother's Back
Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 04th 2009

Posted on 10/04/2009 4:13:04 PM PDT by Steelfish

Polar Bear Spotted Riding On Its Mother's Back

[Pic in URL] Polar bear cubs ride 'piggy back' on their mother's back to avoid falling into the freezing waters of the Arctic, according to new scientific evidence.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent 05 Oct 2009

A British holidaymaker visiting Duvefjorden, Nordaustlandet, spotted the mother bear with a seven-month-old cub hitching a ride. Photo: Angela Plumb

The behaviour has been observed in the wild before by polar bears emerging from the den for the first time or crossing open water.

However there was little research into the phenomenon and no photographic evidence.

Now a photograph by a British tourist has proved that polar bear cubs often hitch a ride with their mothers.

Angela Plumb was holidaying in Duvefjorden, Nordaustlandet, when she spotted the mother bear with a seven-month-old cub hitching a ride.

"The cub was on the back of the polar bear when it was in the water, then it got out of the water and stayed on its mother's back a little, then she shook it off," she said.

Seeing the bear had a radio collar, Mrs Plumb contacted Dr Jon Aars from the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromso.

He had heard about the phenomenon, but said there was little photographic evidence.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: arctic; polarbears; wildlife

1 posted on 10/04/2009 4:13:05 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

But, but, I thought the earth was warming up and that ice was melting in those areas.


2 posted on 10/04/2009 4:14:32 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Steelfish

Do polar bears have racist attitudes toward their darker coloured cousins?


3 posted on 10/04/2009 4:15:51 PM PDT by gitmo (History books will read that Lincoln freed the slaves and Obama enslaved the free.)
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To: Steelfish
...one rug for the living room and another for the bathroom.

And will Disney be the movie for tonight? No. ...maybe "Planet Terror" or "Forsaken."


4 posted on 10/04/2009 4:16:22 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: Marysecretary

I hope the polar bears were wearing their life jackets and other water flotation devices to keep from drowning.


5 posted on 10/04/2009 4:16:44 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: Steelfish

Wait a minute, my kindergartner was told the polar bears are disappearing — has someone spotted one? I mean two?


6 posted on 10/04/2009 4:17:54 PM PDT by browniexyz
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To: Steelfish

7 posted on 10/04/2009 4:21:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

awwww


8 posted on 10/04/2009 4:23:27 PM PDT by Mercat (Reluctant glenbeckian)
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To: Steelfish
"New scientific evidence" a photograph...

Bet eskimoes have been saying this for years....But of course, that's not scientific...that would be like...a rumor...

9 posted on 10/04/2009 4:23:33 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: JoeProBono

“Polar bear mom attempts to protect young from melting polar caps.”


10 posted on 10/04/2009 4:27:43 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: Steelfish
Now a photograph by a British tourist has proved that polar bear cubs often hitch a ride with their mothers.

Ain't science grand.
11 posted on 10/04/2009 4:32:48 PM PDT by caveat emptor
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To: caveat emptor
Now a photograph by a British tourist has proved that polar bear cubs often hitch a ride with their mothers.

And one picture proves "often"? Oy vey, this is science???

12 posted on 10/04/2009 4:35:13 PM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Steelfish
This is sooo cute!

Attention Socialist Central Government:

Get mass transit up there for these little cubs. And make certain it's air conditioned. Global warming you know.

13 posted on 10/04/2009 4:43:32 PM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholic voters were true to their faith there would be no abortion and no President Obama.)
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To: JoeProBono

Oh, that was so neat. Thanks for the pic.


14 posted on 10/04/2009 4:44:03 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: gitmo

No, racism is strictly a white American attribute.
I read somewhere that if confronted by a grizzly, lie down and play dead. However - according to the article, this ‘defense’ does not work on polar bears who are said to just eat you whether you play dead or not.


15 posted on 10/04/2009 4:45:08 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: FrogMom
And one picture proves "often"?

You beat me to it.
17 posted on 10/04/2009 4:46:49 PM PDT by DRey
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To: Steelfish

Riding bear-back.


18 posted on 10/04/2009 4:47:07 PM PDT by behzinlea
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To: FrogMom

Mothers carrying their young? That is so uncharacteristic of mammalian life forms!


19 posted on 10/04/2009 4:48:02 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find! - I am Joe Wilson.)
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To: Baynative

(N)ice- thanks for the pic post.


20 posted on 10/04/2009 4:48:16 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: ransomnote

But polar bears ARE white Americans.


21 posted on 10/04/2009 4:49:43 PM PDT by gitmo (History books will read that Lincoln freed the slaves and Obama enslaved the free.)
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To: gitmo

Hmmmm....you mean....Arctic-Americans?


22 posted on 10/04/2009 4:53:42 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Steelfish

Scientist’s believe that the ice was so hot from “Goebbels Warning” , that the cub had burned feet and had to ride on it’s mothers back.


23 posted on 10/04/2009 4:53:55 PM PDT by RetSignman (Townhalls ..."We have seen the Patriots and they are us")
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To: JoeProBono

Thank God aliens don’t come down to earth and put tracking collars on us.


24 posted on 10/04/2009 4:56:52 PM PDT by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: Clock King

Thank God aliens don’t come down to earth and put tracking collars on us.

Instead, it looks like the current regime will take that job.


25 posted on 10/04/2009 4:59:24 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Angry about where our country is going with the current regime at the helm.)
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To: Clock King

How do you know that they don’t!?


26 posted on 10/04/2009 5:12:34 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: FrogMom
And one picture proves "often"? Oy vey, this is science???

Actually, it is probably quite common.

Last week someone made some comment to me about the "sad state of the polar bears drifting on icebergs because of all the global warming." This whole notion trades on the general ignorance of how polar bears live. I told him I had never looked but that I would bet that my 1979 Encyclopedia Britannica would suggest that all the stuff now portrayed as unusual was actually quite normal for polar bears. I would have won my bet! In the small article specifically about Polar Bears, EB says:

semi-aquatic northern bear, family Ursidae, found throughout Arctic regions, generally on drifting oceanic ice floes.
In a separate, larger article, about carnivorous mammals it says this:
Polar Bears have been noted in the open sea 40 miles from the nearest shore and on ice 200 miles from the nearest land.
If you think about it, if these bears are generally found drifting on ice floes, and it were getting warmer, then the ice floes would melt sooner and the bears would only be found CLOSER to land now than in the past. Of course, Al Gore and the Global Warming crowd are hoping that no one will do much thinking.

ML/NJ

27 posted on 10/04/2009 5:12:38 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Steelfish

...unfortunately, the baby polar bear had to hold on so tight, it dropped its bottle of refreshing Coca-Cola (TM).


28 posted on 10/04/2009 5:38:57 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: behzinlea

very clever!


29 posted on 10/04/2009 6:38:09 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (In Defense of Liberty.........Radicalism may be necessary.)
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To: Steelfish

Amazing........animals more protective of their offspring; unlike some humans


30 posted on 10/04/2009 6:40:04 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (In Defense of Liberty.........Radicalism may be necessary.)
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To: ml/nj

wtg!


31 posted on 10/04/2009 6:41:50 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (In Defense of Liberty.........Radicalism may be necessary.)
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To: Repeat Offender

LOL. Me, too.


32 posted on 10/04/2009 7:28:20 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Marysecretary

Can anyone help me out? I was in the UK recently and found out that my niece, a graduate from a very good university and now going for her Bachelors Degree, is a LIBERAL! She tried to get me into a discussion trying to get me to prove that global warming wasn’t happening. I countered that her side have not shown one fact pointing to the fact that it’s caused by man.

I need something to prove to her once and for all that man is not responsible and it’s happened over and over again in the past.

Thanks in advance.


33 posted on 10/04/2009 8:01:17 PM PDT by Never2baCrat
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To: ml/nj

I MAY be common. One picture does not prove it.


34 posted on 10/04/2009 8:01:55 PM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Baynative

Obesity crisis to hit net polar bear generation!


35 posted on 10/04/2009 8:05:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase (This is the time of year when ACORNS fall.)
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To: Never2baCrat

Overlay a timeline of recorded history (5000 years is good) with a graph of established ice ages (which are always followed by warming periods ... for extra emphasis add a timeline for the invention and popularity of the SUV. Conclusion? Earth’s climate changes over time and its not our fault. Nite. ;-)


36 posted on 10/04/2009 10:21:09 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Steelfish

That poor baby polar bear ... riding it’s mother’s back because it’s too weak to walk because there’s not enough to eat because the ice cap is melting because of global warming because Algore opened his mouth.


37 posted on 10/05/2009 7:58:47 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Baynative
...Global warming is also making monkeys so hot they have to ride dogs!!


38 posted on 10/05/2009 8:01:30 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Never2baCrat

I’m not the one to ask. I just know everything I’ve learned here on Free Republic. I’m sure there are some who can help, though.


39 posted on 10/05/2009 8:22:02 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: JoeProBono

Freeloader ...


40 posted on 10/05/2009 8:24:41 AM PDT by Scythian
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