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Polar Bear Eats Cub: Cannibalism May Be On The Rise

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posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:09 AM
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WARNING: pics of polar bears eating polar bear cubs in link
SO SO SAD


Cannibalism is not a part of polar bears' M.O. The animals normally refrain from feasting on their own kind.

But desperate times apparently call for quite disturbing measures. Just ask photojournalist Jenny E. Ross.

In July 2010, BBC News reports that Ross witnessed a polar bear killing and eating a cub in the Svalbard archipelago of the Arctic. She recently presented her photos and story at the 2011 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, and her paper covering the event has been published in the journal Arctic, co-authored by polar bear specialist Dr. Ian Stirling



Ross told BBC News that the polar bear killed the cub with sharp bites to the head, and once the bear spotted a boat, he became protective over his meal.

While this isn't the first time that a polar bear has been seen eating a fellow bear, there has been a noticeable increase in occurrences, "particularly on land where polar bears are trapped ashore, completely food-deprived for extended periods of time due to the loss of sea ice as a result of climate change," Ross told BBC News.

In 2009, The Canadian Press reported that witnesses saw up to eight males eating cubs around Churchill, Manitoba in one season. In the past, the bears were able to travel the iced-over Hudson Bay for food, but in recent years it was taking more time to freeze over. While tourism was considered a possible explanation, experts also considered that there may be a link to climate change.




posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:10 AM
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while this is the way of nature, it is still sad to see.

polar bears are supposed to be cute and bring me coke-a-cola on ice-skates...





posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:12 AM
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A lot of animals kill their offspring if food is scarce, apparently because they know they will not survive anyway.

I'd check the situation of their natural food in that area.



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:20 AM
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Is the reporter even sure this is the polar bear's cub? What if the cubs mom died and this is just a hungry bear looking for dinner?

Even if it is mom eating cub...who cares...I care about humans not having food...if we focused the same sadness toward humans we'd live in a better world. I know it sounds cruel but the truth isn't suppose to be covered with sweetness all the time.

If I were a care bear my name would be "I don't Care Bear" ...



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:33 AM
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This appears to be a new spin (climate change) on a very old story:

Polar bear denning and cub production in Svalbard, Norway - 1985


The increase in the Svalbard polar bear population in recent years, with con- sequently higher abundance of adult bears, may have increased cannibalism and predation upon cubs.


An observation of possible cannibalism by polar bears (Ursus maritimus) - 1985


We observed a case of cannibalism by a 23-year-old adult male polar bear in very poor physical condition on Southampton Island, N.W.T. It had apparently killed an adult female and was feeding on the carcass. Cannibalism among polar bears does occur under natural conditions. It is difficult to document how often this occurs and of what ecological significance it might be.



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:33 AM
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Well, I believe most animals will also kill their babies if there is something wrong with it. How do they know this is not the case?
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posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:46 AM
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This happens with many species including grizzly, black bear, lions, etc.
The killing of cubs (sometimes eating sometimes not) brings the females back into estrus so the males can mate again. (The pigs)...

But that's nature. And as natural as natural can be and has nothing to do with global warming or a 'trend' in anything but the circle of life.

The following videos are NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!

I repeat:


The following videos are NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!





Thank you OP for bringing this to our attention, but, I call 'foul' on the article. I hope the author of the article remembers 'It's not nice to fool Mother Nature'...


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posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:51 AM
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Most Female bears will violently deter male bears away from cubs because males have a tendency to do exactly what you are discribing. It is not just polar bears, it is all bears, almost exclusively males when it becomes anything other than a starvation thing.



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:59 AM
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A male polar beat will chase after a female and her cub for days to catch them off guard and eat the cub. A cat and many other animals will eat its newborn if there is a defect.

My dog eats little birds.. yes animals eat other animals.



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 09:41 AM
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reply to post by silo13
 


A lot of males in a lot of species eat the young - for a variety of reasons, but usually it's territorial, and about maintaining dominance and/or protecting their role as "new" king.

Polar bears are different, as stated in the opening sentence of the quote.


S&F
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posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 10:51 AM
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What a BS article. MALE Mammals often eat the offspring...Lions Bear Tigers oh my males eat them for various reasons...horny, too lazy to hunt, jealous, annoyed. So yeah nothing surprising there. The females are usually out sized by males so what can they do. Kind of like the human predicament. If only men and woman were equally muscled and sized in all species would we be better able to protect self and children from deranged types. Sad yes, odd and unexpected...no



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 11:18 AM
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Originally posted by NuclearPaul
A lot of animals kill their offspring if food is scarce, apparently because they know they will not survive anyway.

I'd check the situation of their natural food in that area.


Also they do it when they detect illness within the newborns or cubs. Still sad observation of the Natural process. As wild as it sounds I think some animals have mental issues. The bear seemed to be lashing out and the lion seemed mad. I know silly observation but as with humans I think some species have mental illness within them.. Its just kinda hard to tell..
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posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 12:07 PM
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I believe that the bear had drowned in the water and died. The bear ate the cub after it had died. This is my opinion after looking at the first picture that shows the bear dragging the cub FROM the water. You can see a bunch of water dripping off of the cubs fur.



posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 12:12 PM
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ok. this article is completely bullcrap. polar bears can swim hundreds of miles in one go. the problem isn't melting ice, but overpopulation.


"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the polar bear population is currently at 20,000 to 25,000 bears, up from as low as 5,000-10,000 bears in the 1950s and 1960s. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey of wildlife in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain noted that the polar bear populations 'may now be near historic highs,'" it read.

www.abovetopsecret.com...
too many polar bears and not enough food to sustain them all.


Scottish scientist Dr. Chad Dick, of the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromso, after researching the log books of Arctic explorers spanning the past 300 years, believes the outer edge of sea ice may expand and contract over regular periods of 60 to 80 years. According to his research findings, he concluded, "the recent worrying changes in Arctic sea ice are simply the result of standard cyclical movements, and not a harbinger of major climate change."

www.ibtimes.com... tm
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posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 12:18 PM
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Just another case of a journalist publishing a slanted title to gain readership...male animals have been killing offspring in order to keep their place in hierarchy...



posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 04:30 PM
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My, aren't you such a ray of sunshine.


I could care less about people. You want to know why people starve in Africa? POLITICS! If these folks weren't held to the fire constantly by the World Bank and other criminals, they could actually afford to feed their people!

On that note, # people.



posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 04:33 PM
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just a brutal animal doing brutal things, always have a wry smile when the climate change extremists try and persuade me over a polar bear- I don't care what happens to these vicious beasts and I am certainly not going to change my lifestyle to help something that would eat a baby



posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 05:12 PM
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Here is another case of a bear eating a CUB, Warning Graphic
www.liveleak.com...
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