Polar Bear behavior

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  • Scene 1: In Antarctica, a polar bear named Isabelle is looking for a mate during their mating season in April. She goes to the best seal-hunting habitat in order to find a mate. 
  • Timing: 00:00:00 Lasts about 10 seconds
  • Scene 2: While Isabelle walks to the seal-hunting habitat, she sees two polar bears hunting for seals. The two male polar bears stop to look at Isabelle.
  • Timing: 00:20:16
  • Isabelle wants the two polar bears to know she is looking for a mate so she does a nose to nose greeting with both the bears. It indicates that a polar bear wants something from the other.
  • Timing: 00:41:24
  • The two male polar bears understanding her behavior and prepare to fight between one another. Polar bears fight ferociously with one another to see which one is stronger than the other and is the one who will mate with the female polar bear.
  • Timing: 01:14:46
  • The two bears usually lowers its head, flattens its ears back, and threatens the other with a hiss-like roar. The hissing and lowered head is a sign of aggression and loud roars and growls is also signs of aggression. The two polar bears charge forward and it shows they are in attack mode. 
  • Timing: 01:42:57
  • After the two polar bears fight, the one that loses will move downwind of the dominant bear and it signifies submission. The fights these bears usually get into are normally not fatal but result broken canines, and scars on their head, neck and shoulders. The one who loses leaves and the one who wins is the mate for the female polar bear, Isabelle. Once they are paired, the two stay together for about a week and then moves on to the next mate. 
  • Timing: 02:26:58
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