Grizzly-Polar Hybrid

An unusual species of bear is becoming more common. As our climate warms, grizzly bears are wandering farther north, where they come into contact with polar bears. When the two different species mate, they form a hybrid usually called the “pizzly” or “grolar.”

The grizzly-polar hybrid has “the creamy white fur of a polar bear, but with the big head, long claws and ring of brown hair around its hind common to the grizzly.”

An Inuit hunter shot a strange-looking bear in the High Arctic region last month. Scientists have confirmed that it was a rare grizzly-polar hybrid.


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