Animals Adapting To The Arctic

Living in the arctic is no easy job for the animal. It’s cold, barely any other animals live there, and it’s quite empty. These are five animals that adapt to the arctic and how they do it.

#1: Polar Bear

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Polar bears are the largest species of bear, and they live in the arctic. Its white fur camouflages well with the snow and ice, allowing the bear to creep up on other animals and prey without them noticing. The fur and their fat, as well as their black skin, help keep them warm.

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#2: Arctic Foxes

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Similar to polar bears, their thick fur help keep them warm during the winter seasons, and allows them to blend in with the snow. When seasons change and the snow melts, their fur changes color to brown, which camouflages into dirt and rocks. The fox has a thick tail that helps keep balance.

For food, arctic foxes may lurk around polar bears and wat whatever food they left behind.

[Learn more about arctic foxes: click here]

#3: Snowy Owl

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As snowy owls grow older, they get whiter. These owls have excellent hearing, so they could hear prey under snow and attack them. Each year, the arctic owl is presented with a choice: migrate to The United States or Canada, or just stay in the arctic the whole year.

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Global Warming Affects All Animals

As we release CO2, the earth warms up. This causes ice in the arctic to melt away. This endangers all animals living in that habitat. Sometimes, as the ocean heats up, prey for animals becomes scarcer. Other times, other animals may invade the land as it’s now warmer.

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