As top polar bear scientists in Canada talked with Aloha High School students and Fir Grove Elementary School fifth-graders via live Internet link up, one of the threatened species walked by – all 800 pounds of him.
On Friday, students from both of the schools got a chance to chat with three experts who were broadcasting aboard a Tundra Buggy stationed in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, known as “The Polar Bear Capital of the World.”
One student asked if polar bears could adapt to living on land.
Asked how long polar bears could live on a terrestrial diet if forced off the ice, Amstrup said the bears would have to adapt on land like grizzlies.
But, because they are the largest of all bears, they need a “very rich and abundant food source.” As a result, they can not process such food as blueberries and grasses fast enough to keep their body masses.
This really puzzled me because it makes you sound so gastrointestinally challenged compared to other bears. Then I remembered what the polar bear biologist for Nunavut had said.
(Mitch) Taylor says he’s seen bears so full of blueberries they waddle.
So you see, Mrs Polar Bear, how the scientists seem to be of two opinions. That’s why I am asking you directly. I hope you read this before you head into your den and can reply soon to this blog.