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International Polar Bear Day 2014: Celebrate this vulnerable species on Feb. 27

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International Polar Bear Day is today, so it’s a perfect time for animal lovers to come together to celebrate these rare and beautiful creatures this Thursday. This unofficial holiday is held every Feb. 27 as an annual tradition of sorts, and serves to bring greater awareness of the vulnerable species to the public at large. National Whatever Day News describes new details surrounding this date (Feb. 27, 2014), and also provides updated information on how people can take part in helping save these animals in their icy habitats.

Although it isn’t a widely known holiday, International Polar Bear Day is a very important one to people at Polar Bears International and animal enthusiasts alike. In addition to appreciating and celebrating this vulnerable species on this day every year, this Feb. 27, 2014, marks a time for people everywhere to learn of the Thermostat Challenge, a major event that discusses the Save Our Sea Ice campaign (which include carbon-reduction endeavors to save the polar bears and their frigid Arctic Circle environment).

For those who wish to know, the polar bear is a white, shaggy bear that is native to the areas of the Arctic Circle surrounding the massive Arctic Ocean. As evident of its large size, this creature remains the very largest land carnivore in the world! It also breaks records as the largest bear, sharing that title with the omnivorous (meaning it eats both meat and plants) Kodiak Bear of similar size and weight.

For some more interesting polar bear facts this International Polar Bear Day 2014, an adult male bear is called a boar and weights anywhere from 750 to 1,500 pounds, while an adult female bear is known as a sow and usually weighs have that much. It bears some noticeable similarities to its cousin, the brown bear, but it has adapted and evolved to live in the frigid Arctic environment. Most apparently, it has a heavy white coat, well suited to the cold temperatures, as well as body facets that assist it for moving across open water, snow, and ice.

Remember this Feb. 27 holiday that the favorite foods of these polar bears are seals and fish. While they may look cuddly, keep a safe distance, as they are powerful hunters. A majority of polar bears are born on land, but live a majority of their lives out on the frozen waters. Scientifically, their name translates to “maritime bear” and can live for quite some time without catching a big meal due to their fat reserves, which also keep them warm.

So celebrate International Polar Bear Day 2014 by doing your part to raise the word about these great animals — which are listed as a vulnerable species due to climate change and former hunting cases — and perhaps even enjoy these lumbering creatures at your local zoo.

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