Polar Bears

Polar bears remind me of snow, winter, the holidays, and Christmas. They’re definitely my favorite mammals.

The sister polar bear at San Diego Zoo, captured with 70-300mm DSLR lens.

Luckily, San Diego Zoo has three polar bears to visit: a brother and sister duo and another female. All three (“Kalluk”, “Chinook”, and “Tatqiq”) were rescued as orphans and brought to the zoo, but are in their twenties now. They’ve lived longer in captivity than most polar bears do in the wild.

My recent visit to the zoo was perfect timing for watching the polar bears feed on meat. The brother and sister dug through the snow for meat together — something you would not see in the wild, as these bears are normally solitary creatures. San Diego Zoo’s polar bears, however, have learned how to live together as a family.

Later, the sister polar bear ventured out on her own towards another meat-treat. She kept looking back up towards her brother and seemed hesitant to take the treat at first.

The other female found a treat in the water. Sometimes, I see them swimming in the water, but on this visit, it was all about the treats.

Female polar bear enjoying cantaloupe in the water at San Diego Zoo.

If you ever get a chance to visit San Diego’s polar bears, they are a lot of fun!

Here is more information on San Diego Zoo’s polar bears:

San Diego Zoo Polar Bears

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Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

2 thoughts on “Polar Bears

    1. Thank you! I love the polar bears! I learn something new about them each time. They are actually omnivores, or in their natural habitat, opportunistic eaters. This female in the photos loves melons, carrots, and cabbages. 😊


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