Animals of the Arctic

Polar bears are quite comfortable in the freezing temperatures.
Polar bears are quite comfortable in the freezing temperatures. (By Steve Amstrup -- U.s. Fish And Wildlife Via Associated Press)
Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Caribou look like large deer or small elk with antlers. They stand four to five feet tall and can weigh more than 500 pounds. They are herbivores that are hunted for their meat and warm coats.

Arctic foxes live farther north than any other fox. They stand about a foot tall and weigh six to 10 pounds. They eat small mammals or scrounge on what other predators leave behind.

Bearded seals are large animals (eight to 12 feet long) named for their long whiskers. Their thick skin is dark brown or gray. The Inuit and other Arctic natives hunt the seals for their skin and meat.

Polar bears live in the northern Arctic and spend most of their lives on the ice. Polar bears are the largest bears as well as the largest meat-eaters living on land. Adult males average 900 pounds; females weigh about 500.


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