How Big are Polar Bears?

How Big Are Polar Bears?

How big are polar bears? A size comparison

Full Grown Polar Bears

Height of an Adult:

An adult male polar bear may reach more than 10 feet tall when standing on their hind legs. This is almost doubled the average height of an American man (5 feet 9 inches). A female polar bear can be two to three times smaller than males. Females are generally 6-8 feet tall.

Weight of an Adult:

A male adult can weight up to 1,500 pounds while a female adult weighs up to 1,000 pounds.

Polar Bear Mama with Twin Cubs

Polar Bear Babies

Height of a Cub:

At birth, polar bear cubs are about 30 cm in length. 30 cm is equivalent to a size 12 men’s shoe. Male cubs are usually slightly bigger than female cubs.

Weight of a Cub:

Polar bear babies are born at around 2 pounds. This is similar to the weight of a pineapple. Before the babies leave their den, they can gain over 30 pounds. A cub needs to put on 100 times its birthweight by the time they are ready to survive on their own at around two and a half years.

How many species of bear are there?

8 Species:

  1. Asiatic Black Bears (Moon Bears)
  2. Brown Bears (Grizzly Bears)
  3. Giant Pandas
  4. North American Black Bears
  5. Polar Bears
  6. Sloth Bears
  7. Spectacled Bears (Andean Bears)
  8. Sun Bears

Fun Fact:

Polar Bears are the world’s LARGEST species of bear.

Fun Fact:

On average, bears can live up to 25 years in the wild and 50 years in captivity

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