Polar Bears Hibernating
Name: Alice M.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2002
I was looking for information on polar bears and came
across two conflicting answers on your web site from the archive. The
question is whether or not polar bears hibernate, and one answer said
yes, one said no. What is the correct answer? (Under zoology, see
"Polar bears and hibernating" and "polar bears and winter")
I am responsible for the apparently conflicting answers. The first, under
"Polar bears in winter" was too hasty, but as you read the second answer
closely, not totally wrong. Only female polar bears "hibernate," and it is
not true hibernation in that their body temperature remains near normal and
they are easily awakened.
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