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Bear Paws by tleach0608 Bear Paws by tleach0608
Taken at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - Cleveland, OH

This is, obviously!, the polar bear at the Cleveland Zoo and when I arrived at the Northern Trek area to see him stretched out right in front of us. I got quite a few photos of this beautiful boy, but the ones where he was laying down with head between those massive paws just melted my heart. It makes you want to almost reach out and pet his head. Almost. =D

Polar bears have typical bodies for animals found in the north with a large body and stocky legs built for strength and endurance and the polar bear is very close in species to the Grizzly (known as they can breed for hybrids). However, the climate of the arctic has placed selective pressures upon them to have large feet meant to distribute the weight better on snow and ice as well as propel them easier in the water, and they have textures upon the pads that help to provide additional traction in terrain that might be slippery.



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:iconrustyironmonger:
rustyironmonger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He is very cuddly-looking... but cuddliness does NOT go anywhere beyond looks (or their fur, which is coarse and thick yet soft, like an Akita or a Labrador Retriever in winter coat) with bears...

Nice shot, Taryn... :)
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tleach0608 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
He does! And you are very right, they may look like cuddly friendly bears, we know they are definitely not. Instead they are extremely cunning. =D
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rustyironmonger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes... I have even known of polar bears and grizzly bears that intentionally hunt people...
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
WOW!! This is the sweetest bear shot I've EVER seen!! :jawdrop:
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tleach0608 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:bounce:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww! Such a cuddly, arctic predator! :aww:
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tleach0608 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Isn't he??? I know they could knock us down with hardly a swipe, but that doesn't mean I still don't think they're cute!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
All too true. :D
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groundhog22 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Awww! I'm feeling the urge to pet him too!
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tleach0608 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure he wouldn't appreciate it but hey! Let's daydream, huh? :hooray:
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