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πŸ“Έ by @audundahl

Adult polar bear carrying the head of a recently killed polar bear cub.

Predation of cubs by adult polar bears is nothing new, they make easier prey than their preferred quarry, which include ringed seals and bearded seals.

As is true with most things in life, easier does not equal better – a polar bear cannot acquire sufficient calories from a diet of terrestrial food items as they lack the all-important layers of blubber required to sustain themselves between meals.

That won’t stop them for killing and eating cubs, especially when it is harder to access seals due to warmer temperatures and the slow formation of the sea ice they use as a hunting platform.

Until the ice situation changes, polar bear cubs will serve as a happy meal between their preferred blubbery banquets.

#natureismetal

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