SEP 17, 2019 5:17 PM PDT

Watch a Hungry Polar Bear Respond to an Opportunity to Eat

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Polar bears necessitate lots of food to ensure their long-term survival, but many times, hunting prey isn’t easy. It’s estimated that one in twenty hunting attempts are successful, and if a polar bear is as malnourished as the one in this video, then each hunt could be its last.

Here we see a hungry polar bear scoping out a large area for potential prey. Upon ascertaining an unsuspecting seal as a possible target, she sneaks over to the animal by swimming in between the ice patches.

The seal attempts to get away by diving into the freezing water, but the polar bear isn’t about to give up that easily. The bear dives after the startled seal, and after a few moments of silence, she emerges from the water with a lifeless carcass.

The seal’s blubber will sustain the bear for a while, potentially long enough to help her catch another seal for the long-term.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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