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Triton and Trixie

 
Baby Polar Bear? Where?  How old?  How exciting!!  There they were.  Triton the baby polar bear was eight months old and, of course, adorable.  Triton had been born November 4th, 1997 at the Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island.  The mother bear Trixie will be twelve years old in December, 1998.  Watching the two interact was such fun. Triton playfully attacked Trixie, tumbling over her, rolling on his back over his mother, to land on all fours to get into more mischief.

  When Triton was born, he was about 2 lbs., about the size of a chipmunk.  He gained approximately 10 lbs a month and at 8 months he now weighs 80 to 90 lbs.  He will nurse for 2 years and then go his own way, being ready to be the solitaire polar bear he was meant to be.  In the meantime, the bears each eat large quantities of food:  15 lbs of carrots, fish, fruit, polar biscuits, and other good nourishment.

Triton's father is not allowed in with the mother and cub.  Being solitary, the father would see the cub as a threat and would protect his territory.  The zoo keeps Norton (father bear) confined until four O'clock.  Then Norton has the whole show for the evening when the switch  is made.  Norton is ten years old.  The Polar Bear is the largest of the bear family.  Even larger than Grizzlies, which surprised me.  The bear in the wild has a radius of  forty miles, traveling in search of food.  They have black fur under their off white clear hollow hair, which attracts the sunlight, trapping the warm air against their bodies.  With lots of fur between the pads of their feet, the polar bear gets better traction on ice and snow.
   

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