Witness the Incredible Journey of Newborn Polar Bears as They Learn to Survive in the Arctic on “Nature: Snow Bears”

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21 November 2018
Nature: Snow BearsCourtesy of Roie Galitz/John Downer Productions
“Nature: Snow Bears”
Premieres Wednesday, November 28 at 8 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

          Set against the harsh backdrop of the Arctic, Nature: Snow Bears is a dramatized story based on the extraordinary adventures and life-changing journey of newborn polar bear cubs as they leave the safety of their den for the first time. Bravely led by their mother, the cubs must make the perilous 400-mile trek to the sea to feed.

          Encountering many dangers and adventures along the way — marauding male bears ready to kill, extreme weather, Arctic foxes, Walruses, Narwhal, snowdrifts and ice cracks — they undertake an epic survival challenge. These cubs are rarely seen in their natural habitat, and this is a unique glimpse into their world. Kate Winslet narrates.

Featured Species:
•  Polar bear •  Ringed seal •  Glaucous gull
•  Narwhal •  Arctic fox •  Ivory gull
•  Walrus •  Fin whale •  Bearded seal

Noteworthy Facts:
•  After months of winter hibernation, the return of summer to the Arctic means that polar bears must make the 400-mile trek to the edge of the ice surrounding the North Pole. This area is abundant with seals, their favorite food. Timing for the journey is crucial - if they don’t leave the island in time, the sea ice will be gone, which means they could be marooned for the summer.

•  Adult bears can travel up to 50 miles a day, but for cubs even 10 miles is a struggle. At three months old they need six rest breaks a day. Adult bears can also swim up to 60 miles nonstop, but not the cubs.

•  Arctic foxes get through the winter by scavenging for scraps and surviving on their food stores. They tend to eat the leftovers from a polar bear’s kills.
Polar bears can smell seals under three feet of snow. Hunting requires precise timing and experience – only about one in ten hunts is successful.

•  The North Pole is populated with diverse creatures such as narwhals, walruses, and seals. They migrate to the region during summer when fish are abundant.


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