Unbelievable Polar Bear Facts: 21-25
21. Polar bears can get dirty and they use the same trick to clean themselves that they use to cool themselves down. Yes, they roll on snow for cleaning themselves.
22. Sleuth and Pack are the terms that are used for referring to a group of polar bears.
23. Polar bears, unlike their black and brown counterparts, do not hibernate during the winter months. Only the pregnant polar bears den up during the colder months.
24. Indigenous people living in Arctic regions are known for eating the meat of polar bears. However, they ensure that they discard the liver of the polar bear because it is toxic to humans. The liver of a polar bear contains extremely high levels of Vitamin A. A liver from a polar bear is capable of killing 52 adults. An adult human needs 0.9 mg of Vitamin A daily. This can be achieved by eating just 1/10th of a gram of liver from a polar bear. With that calculation, a single liver can last for 143 years if we are to eat the liver of a polar bear.
25. The fur of the polar bear is used by indigenous people to make kamiks or soft boots for women while it is used for making warm trousers for the men.
Unbelievable Polar Bear Facts: 26-30
26. In the past, the indigenous people who used to hunt polar bears used to hang the skin of the dead bear in a honored place in their house and paid respect by offering bow-drills and knives to the spirit of the dead polar bear if the dead animal happened to be a male. For female spirits, they used to offer needle cases, skin-scrapers and knives.
27. The reason they used to honor the spirit of the hunted polar bear was a legend which stated that if the spirit of the dead bear was treated properly, the spirit would go and tell other bears who would want to be hunted by the hunters. Ill-treated spirits would inform about the ill-treatment and the bears would stay away from the hunters.
28. There is yet another legend. It was believed that strange polar bear men used to live in igloos. They were capable of walking upright and were even capable of talking. They used to shed their own skin in the privacy of their homes.
29. Did you know that the skin of the polar bears is actually black in color. The color helps them to soak up sunlight during day time and stay warm. They also have blubber – a thick fat layer underneath their skin that keeps them insulated from near-freezing water and frosty air. Of course, their fur also works as insulators.
30. Polar bears eat mostly the fat of the ice-dependent seals. They usually do not eat the meat. The leftover meat becomes food for other wild animals in the Arctic.