# Even Better Than a Purple Bear

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# Even Better Than a Purple Bear

December 28, 2017

Have you ever noticed how most teddy bears are brown? Okay, once in a while we see a blue or purple one, but real bears don’t come in those colors. But there are real bears that are white: polar bears. These fuzzy, furry giants live way up north in the Arctic Circle, and are the largest meat-eating creatures on land. They eat seals, which they can smell from up to a mile away. They’re also the biggest bear: at 1,500 pounds, they’re even bigger than their 1,400-pound cousin, the Kodiak brown bear. Thanks to big padded feet and a 4-inch layer of fat under their thick fur, the polar bear can live on the ice and doggie-paddle in the coldest waters. That white fur helps them blend into the ice and snow, too – but don’t even think about dying it purple.

Wee ones: If you see a white bear, then a brown bear, then white, then brown…what’s the 6th bear?

Little kids: If a mama bear and her cub go hunting, how many furry feet is that?  Bonus: If polar bears like the weather best from the start of November through the end of February, during how many months are they happy?

Big kids: Polar bears start getting too hot around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. How much would you have to cool down your house to keep one as a pet? See what temp it is now!  Bonus: If a bag has 4 white polar bear stuffed animals and 4 brown teddy bears, and you grab 4 toys without looking, what are all the combinations of brown and white bears you could grab? (Don’t worry about the order — imagine them in a pile in your lap.)