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Polar Bears and Emperor Penguins

Comparing and Contrasting Polar Bears and Emperor Penguins
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Megan VanSickle

on 15 May 2013

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Transcript of Polar Bears and Emperor Penguins

Megan VanSickle Polar Bears and Emperor Penguins Emperor Penguin The tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species. An average bird stands some 115 cm (45in) tall and weighs 40 kg (88 lbs).

Differences between these: Polar Bears are native to the Arctic
Emperor Penguins live in the Antarctic
They have made very different homes for themselves Polar Bear A bear native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the worlds largest land carnivore and also the largest bear. Facts about Polar Bears: Facts about Emperor Penguins: Similarities between these: Live in some of the harshest climates in the world
Both love to swim
Both eat fish
Its skin is black and its fur appears white or cream
Thick blubber and fur insulate it against the cold
Short tail and small ears that help reduce heat loss, and a relatively small head and long, tapered body to streamline it for swimming
Semi-aquatic and has adapted for life on a combination of land, sea and ice
Feeds on seals, walruses and whales although it will eat anything it can kill
Live on the Antarctic ice and in the frigid surrounding water
Penguins employ physiological adaptations and cooperative behaviors
The only Antarctic animal that breeds during the harsh winter, when hundreds or even thousands of penguins huddle together in colonies for warmth
Male penguins incubate the egg for two months without eating a single meal, while females forage for food
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