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Size comparison between the hand of a human male and that of a polar bear.

Polar bears are equipped with large, wide paws that are specially adapted to walking/running on ice and snow.

Some polar bear’s paws have been measured at almost 12 inches (30.5cm) across, this width gives them the ability to distribute their weight more evenly when crossing thinner ice.

They are also excellent swimmers. Polar bears use their huge front paws like paddles and steer with their hind legs, so even if they were to fall though the ice, its not the end of the world.

Another adaptation they’ve developed over time is on their footpads – small bumps known as papillae cover the surface area of the pads to grip the ice and keep the bear from slipping.

On the business end of their paws, you will find sharp claws on the end of each toe, measuring 2 inches (5cm) that they use to catch and hold prey from escaping while they are devoured.



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