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This is a Polar Bear taken at the Metro Toronto Zoo. I had been watching this fellow for a while as he walked back and forth to this wall. Everytime he got to this point, he would extend his neck, and sway it back and forth (Just like Stevie Wonder!).

Interesting Facts:

A polar bear's nose, lips and all skin under their fur is black. This helps them keep much warmer in the cold.

Their front paws are very wide for paddling through arctic waters, they use their hind feet as rudders. The soles of their feet are covered with vacuoles that actually act as suction cups while walking (and running) on the ice.

Their heavy fur, dense underfur, and thick layer of insulating fat allows them to maintain a normal body temperature when the outside temperature drops to -37 degrees C.

**Post Pro - Auto Contrast, unsharp mask, cropping, and added border.

***just to let everybody know about this zoo...the animals are treated really well. As for the polar bear exibit, they have a lot of room; a huge water feature for them to cool down in and play, masive boulders, and more.

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