Insta-ducing ‘war paint’ bear. He (or she) is the third of three siblings we met, with their mother, at 82.4 degrees north - and curious bear’s sparring partner. The blood on war paint bear’s face (and elsewhere) is from a seal the family had killed and, mostly, finished off by the time we’d met them.
In this shot, war paint bear approaches curious bear, to initiate play. Curious bear responds by adopting the classic ‘submissive pose.’
In dogs, canine behaviouralists now recognise this as being a manoeuvre that both solicits the play and allows the animal being approached to position themselves, so they can either ‘defend’ or ‘attack’ in the play fight, once it starts.
That was certainly how thing proceeded between these bears - and I still can’t get over how much like dogs they were as they played. And played. And played.
So very, very lucky to get to see this with my own eyes 🇳🇴
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In the last couple of days, there have been alarming reports about the accelerating melt rates of Antarctic ice sheets - including areas of East Antarctica, which had previously been thought immune to the impacts of climate change. In the years from 2009 to 2017, Antarctic ice loss has increased sixfold.
On the other end of the planet, climate change impacts are also accelerating, with scientists now predicting a sea ice free Arctic by 2040 - 30 years earlier than previously expected.
Not great news for curious and war paint bear, their mother and sibling, and all the other iconic species of the two polar regions 😔😠😡🤬
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