Amazing Animal Babies: Polar Bear Cubs
Polar bears are the world's largest land carnivores, but at birth they weigh just one kilogram. Learning from their caring mothers, these vulnerable infants will one day be three metres tall and weigh half a tonne.
Amazing Animal Babies is the show that highlights the tough odds that infant creatures have to survive when they are born in the wild. These kids are cute, but they also have to learn vital survival skills quickly in order to flourish.
Baby polar bears are born in the shelter of the mother's den. After feeding all summer long to build up reserves her instincts tell her to build a her nest in the fall. Dens are normally dug by the mother's front and hind paws in snowdrifts or snow covered hills near the coast or in snow ridges.
The mother's milk is very nutritious and the cubs grow rapidly in size and weight. A newborn baby is ready to eat solid food in just a few months. They grow their own new fur within approximately 8 to 10 weeks, although it can take up to 14 weeks. The cute pups begin to resemble their mother and will soon copy her habits.