Here at Jammy Toast we are never surprised by anything to do with bears. They are one of the most recognisable and iconic families of animals. The eight living species include the Spectacled Bear, Sun Bear and Sloth Bears alongside the more familiar Polar Bear and Giant Panda. Young bears are born in protective dens as they are very small, blind and deaf. But they are not helpless for long, developing and gaining weight rapidly. And therein lies their secret. Their ability to put on weight so rapidly.
It’s summer and the time of year when you don’t really turn your mind to the sleepy town of Churchill, Manitoba, on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Canada, which during the winter is polar bear central. Hundreds of polar bears, lean but lethargic – their last full meal eaten in the late spring – pass the hours wandering around aimlessly, mock fighting, or simply lying belly-up catching the dim rays of the Arctic gloaming. They are waiting until the ice freezes over and they can go and hunt seals in the winter. Outnumbering them are the tourists who’ve flown in from around the world to get a unique “up close and personal” view of one of the Arctic’s most iconic species.
How do you rescue a thousand pound polar bear trapped in a fishing net? You untangle it. Well, actually, it’s pretty complicated, especially when it’s located in a remote Arctic location. Late yesterday US Geological Survey and US Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, with help from the local community of Kaktovik, successfully freed a large male polar bear that was entangled in a fishing net on a small barrier island in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska.
Would you believe it is the season of good will to all men, well someone in Shefford doesn’t think that should include polar bears. Believe it or not, a six-foot mechanical polar bear that dances and sings Christmas carols is being investigated after a council received a noise complaint. The bear – named Bernard – bursts into song when people walk past Loft Café in Shefford, Bedfordshire, where he has stood since the beginning of December.
It’s November and that time of year when the sleepy town of Churchill, Manitoba, on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Canada, turns into polar bear central. Hundreds of polar bears, lean but lethargic – their last full meal eaten in the late spring – pass the hours wandering around aimlessly, mock fighting, or simply lying belly-up catching the dim rays of the Arctic gloaming. They are waiting until the ice freezes over and they can go and hunt seals. Outnumbering them are the tourists who’ve flown in from around the world to get a unique “up close and personal” view of one of the Arctic’s most iconic species.
The only Polar Bear in Africa has died at Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa at the age of 30. The much-loved Wang, had to be put down officially because of heart and liver failure, the zoo said in a statement. However, here at Jammy Toast we can reveal he was pining for the loss of his partner of over 27 years, GeeBee, who died in January. Wang had been lonely and we think he died of a broken heart following the loss of life-long friend GeeBee.
Arktos and Walker are two male polar bears at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, near Aviemore. They are the only two polar bears in the United Kingdom and as such have not had any female company so obviously the pair have not had the chance to have little baby polar bears. However, the process of finding a suitable mate is far from simple. Arktos is a year older than Walker. He arrived at the park in April 2012 from a zoo in Hannover, Germany. Walker has been at the site since November 2010, after being introduced from a Dutch zoo.
Thousands of pounds donated to Cancer Research UK as part of the “#nomakeupselfie” craze has been stolen by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) polar bears. More than £2million has been raised after the craze of taking a self-portrait with no make-up went viral on social media. However, some people made the mistake of texting “DONATE” instead of “BEAT” and the money was sent to UNICEF while some phones with autocorrect changed “BEAT” to “BEAR” and the money went to the WWF’s adopt a bear scheme.
This polar bear would have impressed the Dancing On Ice judges with his slick moves – and he didn’t even need the skates. The cute guy balanced on one leg and waved a paw in the air, before being joined for a twirl by another younger bear. The images were captured by wildlife photographer Steven Kazlowski, 44, on Bernard Spit, a barrier island along the eastern Alaskan arctic coast. He said; “Polar bears always amaze me. When they actually do things of their own accord to make for a better picture, it’s all the more amazing. A big part of a young polar bear’s life is to play – they appear to enjoy it as much as people do.”