Polar Bear

Here is another arctic animal on our list, the polar bear. I’m sorry to say that they are on the “threatened” list – it would be such a shame to lose these beautiful creatures.

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

One of the most interesting facts about polar bears is that, unlike all other bear species, they do not den and hibernate over the winter. Other bears hibernate because of lack of food in the winter, but polar bears have access to their favorite foods all year long. The only exception is mother polar bears because they need to keep the babies warm. I’m all for being snuggly warm!

Arctic Fox

This white fluffball of an animal is related to a other foxes, wolves, and dogs. One thing an Arctic fox can do that its other relatives can’t is change the color of its fur depending on the season.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Naturally, they have thick white fur in the winter months, but other times of the year Arctic foxes have brown or grey coats. Their winter fur is the warmest pelt of any animal found in the Arctic, enduring temperatures as low as -70 degrees centigrade, or -94 degrees Fahrenheit. I cant even imagine . . . brr!

Walrus

Walruses live in very cold places like the Arctic Circle. This whiskered guy looks happy to be plunged into icy waters, or at least as happy as a walrus can look.

Walrus

I learned that their tusks are actually canine teeth that can grow up to 40 inches. The tusks are used like hooks to haul their heavy bodies up onto land, for locating food on the ocean floor, in defense against polar bears or killer whales, and in dominance and mating displays. Interesting!