Playful Polar Bear Is Mesmerised By His Own Reflection In Car Bumper

Playful Polar Bear Is Mesmerised By His Own Reflection In Car Bumper polarbearNewswire

When you combine animals and mirrors, you’ve got magic. The animal kingdom, awe-inspiring it may be, continues to be baffled by the concept if its own reflection, on almost every occasion.

While I’m not the most ardent carnivore, if a vegetarian or vegan comes up to me in the street – which they often do anyway thanks to my literary fame – and tell me our furry friends are equal to us, I say to them, ‘Put ’em in front of a mirror and see how f***ing clever they are.’

Animals have roamed this planet for millennia and not one of them has had the know-how to say ‘hang on a minute, I’m looking at myself here.’ Not one.

I don’t want to sound too beefy. This video of a polar bear being confronted with its own face in the bumper of a car is pretty charming, I’m NGL: 

The curious fella seemed to be outwitted by its own reflection, but also kinda aware of it?

Alan James Spence captured the footage as the polar bear wandered along the road in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

The furry animal casually strolled up to a nearby truck and caught sights of its reflection in the chrome bumper. Intrigued by its own image the bear sniffed and even touched the bumper but quickly got bored and trotted off towards the side of Alan’s car.

Considered by biologists to be one of the smartest land animals in North America, bears exhibit intricate social structures and can perform complex tasks. Polar bears are incredibly smart and patient hunters, and can remain motionless for hours above a seal’s breathing hole in the ice, waiting for the seal to emerge. Essentially, they might be more clued up on mirrors than we think.

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But polar bears are not just crafty hunters; they are also quite playful – as seen in the above video – and have been observed wrestling with fellow bears and sliding repeatedly downhill on ice for fun. At the same time, play is an important part of cub development and helps them practice skills they will later use to hunt and protect themselves.

Polar bears also have swimming skills that would make any Olympic athlete jealous. Their large, slightly webbed paws allow them to swim at a pace of six miles per hour (for comparison, Michael Phelps clocks in around 3.92 miles per hour). Polar bears can also swim more than 60 miles without rest.

Although they spend about 50 percent of their time hunting for food, only 2 percent of their hunts are successful, and they often travel great distances searching for their next meal. One study tracked a female over a nonstop nine day, 426-mile swim – approximately equivalent to driving from Washington, D.C. to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Why am I telling you this? You only care about the cute video. See ya!

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