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No Pause with These Paws!

The polar bear's paws are marvelously adapted to life in the Arctic. How? Let's count the ways:

1. The feet are covered with hair so that the bear can get a good grip as it runs across the ice and snow.

2. Thickly callused pads both protect from the cold and prevent the bears from cutting themselves on sharp ice edges.

3. Long claws help the bear to travel on the ice, pull itself up onto the ice after a swim, or dig snow caves.

4. Sharp claws are deadly weapons when attacking walrus or caribou, snatching seals out of the water, or fighting off other bears.

5. The forepaws are partially webbed to assist in swimming.

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