During the winter, many people take the Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for charity. They all run into freezing cold water, typically they aren’t wear too much clothing. While humans around the world do this, polar bear Nora took the plunge all on her own.
At the Oregon Zoo, Nora is a 1-year-old polar bear that came to the Oregon Zoo from the Columbus Zoo.
Zookeepers must have been very happy to see this young girl having some fun, as the beginning of her life was a bit sad. Nora’s mother stopped caring for her after she was 1-week-old, and zookeepers at the Columbus Zoo had to hand-rear her.
She then was brought to the Oregon Zoo, where she was caught on camera having the time of her life around her pool. Polar bear Nora dove, swam, and played with her toy, having an absolute blast in the water!
Zoo visitors adore this sweet girl and after watching her play so happily, it’s easy to see why! Have you ever seen a polar bear having so much fun at the zoo?
Polar bears are highly dependent on older stable pack ice in the Arctic region, where they spend much of their time on the ice hunting, mating and denning. They are generally solitary as adults, except during breeding and cub rearing. Polar bears are strong swimmers, and individuals have been seen in open Arctic waters as far as 200 miles from land, although swimming long distances is not preferred since it requires so much energy for adults and can be fatal to younger bears. Their fur is thicker than any other bears’ and covers even their feet for warmth and traction on ice. A thick layer of blubber beneath their fur provides buoyancy and insulation.
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