Cutest Baby Polar Bears [Facts, Photos & Videos] – All About Polar Bear Cubs

Polar Bear Cubs Facts

Looking to find cute baby polar bear photos and videos? You’ve come to the right place because I’ll answer the most asked questions on the internet about polar bear cubs.

Learn how these ferociously cute bears are called, how they sound like, what they eat, do they swim and do they hibernate as other bears do.

Now, let’s start with the basics…

What Are Baby Polar Bears Called?

Baby Polar Bears
What Are Baby Polar Bears Called?

Baby polar bears are the cutest and they’re simply called cubs just like all the other baby bears. They grow quickly but stay playful for some time. Their life’s not easy in the ice cold Arctic but they are equipped for it.

What Do Baby Polar Bears Look Like?

Polar bear cubs are born blind with light, white-colored down fur. Their fur is so light that they almost look hairless and they literally are helpless. Luckily, their mothers will feed them and keep them warm during the harsh winter. In the Spring, when they come out of the den, they will play and learn alongside their mother.

What Do Baby Polar Bears Sound Like?

Polar bears aren’t very vocal animals and most of the communication is between a mom and her cub. Baby polar bears make kind of a chuckling sound or a humming sound when they’re nursing and they sound like they’re really happy and satisfied at that moment. They also like to whimper, hiss, squeal or rumble.

When Are Baby Polar Bears Born?

In the wild, baby polar bears are usually born between November and February, and in captivity, they can be born as early as the beginning of October. In fact, the earliest recorded birth of polar bears in captivity was on the 11th of October 2011 in the Toronto Zoo.

Polar bear cubs have a fairly good survival rate that is in decline though. As of 2006, in Alaska, 42% of cubs were reaching 12 months of age. That figure is down from 65% in 1991.

How Many Baby Polar Bears Are Born At A Time?

Baby polar bears are usually born once every three years but if food is abundant it can happen every two years as well. The most usual litter size of baby polar bears is two, followed by litters of one polar bear cub and litters of three cubs. Four polar bear babies being born is a rare occurrence.

Are Baby Polar Bears Born Black?

Yes, there is a truth in that. Although cubs look white when born because of their fur, their skin is actually black! And there’s more. Polar bear fur is actually see-through, but it takes on a white color because of its structure. It’s not only see-through but the fur is hollow like a straw and when light bounces off them, they look white.

Of course, this is a marvelous adaptation to life in the snow. Can you imagine a black bear roaming the Arctic and sticking out like a sore thumb?

Are Baby Polar Bears Dangerous Or Friendly?

Baby polar bears are not dangerous but their mothers are. They are super protective of their cubs and are likely to run you down and viciously attack you if they think that cubs are under a threat. Being chased by an apex predator is no fun, I can tell you that!

Polar bear cubs are actually very curious and playful, just like puppies. No wonder they’re some of the most popular baby animals.

How Much Does A Baby Polar Bear Weigh?

As adults, baby polar bears are going to be one of the biggest and most feared predators on Earth, but at birth they are tiny. They weigh only between 16 and 24 oz (454 to 680 g) when born however that will change quickly because, within only a few months, the polar bears will weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.

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How Much Does A Baby Polar Bear Weigh?

What Do Baby Polar Bears Eat?

To achieve their rapid growth, cubs are eating fat-rich milk from their mother. Only after a few months, the family will leave their den and their mother will graze on vegetation at first and then starting to hunt for seals, their main food. Polar bears are hypercarnivorous after all and the most carnivorous member of the bear family.

A hypercarnivore is an animal that has a diet that consists of more than 70% meat, with the difference consisting of non-animal foods such as fungi, fruits, and plants. Some examples of hypercarnivorous animals include crocodilians, owls, shrikes, eagles, vultures, felids, most wild canids, dolphins, orcas, snakes, spiders, scorpions, mantises, marlins, groupers, and most sharks.

Can Baby Polar Bears Swim?

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Baby Polar Bear Swimming

Sure they can. Polar bears are actually classified as marine mammals because even though most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice. So you can imagine how vital it is for baby polar bears to quickly learn to swim.

Their moms spend a lot of time in the water swimming long distances and baby polar bears are coming with them. Due to increased melting of sea ice, polar bears are spending even more time in the water, sometimes for up to two weeks straight.

That is extremely though on polar bear cubs as they don’t have plenty of fat reserves and are prone to hypothermia. They’re also not as strong swimmers as adult bears and when in water, there’s no chance to feed.

Do Baby Polar Bears Hibernate?

Polar bears in general do not hibernate so their cubs don’t either. They’re active whole year-round except for pregnant bears that dig maternity dens where they enter a dormant state similar to hibernation. This hibernation-like state does not consist of continuous sleeping but the bear’s heart rate slows from 46 to 27 beats per minute.

All polar bears fast a couple of months and live off fat reserves during late summer and early fall, when they can’t hunt for seals because the sea isn’t frozen.

How Many Polar Bears Are Left?

Although polar bears are designated as Vulnerable by the IUCN, they aren’t going extinct anytime soon as you would led to be believed. There are currently between 22,000 and 31,000 polar bears around the Arctic.

They are protected by the Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears, a multilateral treaty signed in 1973 by the five nations where polar bears have habitat. They are: Canada (Labrador, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Québec, Yukon), Denmark (Greenland), Norway (Svalbard, Jan Mayen), Russia (Yakutiya, Krasnoyarsk, West Siberia, North European Russia), and the U.S. (Alaska).

Do Polar Bears Live In Antarctica?

They don’t. Polar bears only live in areas known as the “Arctic ring of life” and can’t be found chilling with penguins in Antarctica (except in commercials).

Baby Polar Bear Photos

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Adrian Volenik

I've lived around animals my whole life and I hold a Diploma in Animal Physiology. When I'm not reading or writing about wild animals, health and fitness, and technology, you can find me playing with my son and two cats. My pastimes include running, playing video games, and solving the NY Times crossword.