The polar bear is primarily a carnivore (eater of meat) but is actually an omnivore (eater of meat, fish and vegetables)
and it is part of the species called URSIDAE or bear family like their cousins the black bear & grizzly bear etc. This then divides into the different types of bear, with the polar bear being
categorised as URSUS MARITIMUS, Latin for "sea bear".
Polar bears are considered the largest land carnivores on the planet, with only the kodiak brown bears from Southern Alaska coming close. Ursus Maritmus is Latin for "sea bear". The polar bear is the only bear considered to be a marine mammal.
The polar bear is basically solitary (apart from on occasion, adult and young adult polar bear males will feed and journey together for short periods of time). Normally, there are only two social units that exists. Adult females with their young and breeding pairs, for a short time.
There are exceptions, polar bears will congregate to feed on whale carcasses or at dump sites. Also, when waiting for the ice to return for the winter, bears will wait along the coast with others. This is where they have play fights in preparation for the mating season.
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The oldest polar bear in captivity who was female, died in her mid 40's.
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