Polar bears roam the Arctic ice sheets and swim in that region's coastal waters. They are very strong swimmers, and their large front paws, which they use to paddle, are slightly webbed. Some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land—though they probably cover most of that distance by floating on sheets of ice.
We met this beautiful Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo during a backstage tour. We were taken into a backstage area behind his enclosure, and climbed up over the interior cages of the exhibits. The exhibit can only be seen through large above and below water plexiglass, but from our vantage point behind the back walls of the exhibit, we were able to look over the wall and down into his enclosure. This was a brand new facet of the park's offering, and as such, our presence in this 'weird spot' to the Polar Bear sparked his curiosity, since he isn't used to people being there. He came right up to our wall to inspect us as closely as he could. I'm up about 10 feet or more above him, while he's standing up against the wall staring straight up at us.
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