The Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt theme for this week is RARE, so I chose this photo that Mom took while visiting the Polar Bear Plunge at the World-Famous San Diego Zoo with our grandparents for grandad's last birthday.
Mom's auntie likes polar bears furry much and I like 'em, too. It's a sad fact though that with global warming melting the polar ice, many polar bears ... who typically swim an average of sixty miles ... can't make the 200 mile swim from ice floe to ice floe on their searches for food and drown in the icy water. Majestic polar bears are dying at an alarming rate. Bears that choose not to swim in search of food have been eating polar bear cubs instead causing further depletion of the species. Polar bears are becoming RARE indeed ...
Scientists aren't optimistic about the survival of polar bears in the wild; some say that within fifty to one hundred years, the entire "wild" species will have died out due to melting ice, infant mortality, and over-fishing by commercial seafood companies.
It's sad to note that in the near future the only places we'll be able to see polar bears will be in captivity at zoos and marine parks like Sea World ... yet another reason to move to San Diego, right?