After falling through the ice, this bear crawled back upon the thicker ice and walked away. Backlighting caused a glow on the neck and left front leg. Notice that the fur is matted and not fluffy. The bear has an undercoat that helps protect it from the cold water. But its most important protection from the cold is a layer of fat that can be as much as four and a half inches thick.
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- Polar Bears of Barter Island, Alaska