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Mother Polar Bear, Desperate for Food, Tests Walrus | National Geographic

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A thin mother polar bear roaming with her critically hungry cub inspects a resting walrus, on the chance that it's sick or dead, but it's quite capable of defending itself. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe #NationalGeographic #PolarBears #Walrus About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Travis Wilkinson and his family were on a sailing trip in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, far north of the Arctic Circle. In late July, 2015, they were traveling through Hinlopen Strait, west of the largest island, Spitsbergen—an impossible route some summers, when pack ice blocks passage. But that summer, ice was especially sparse, making hunting harder for polar bears. These apex predators favor waiting at the sea ice’s edge, striking seals as they approach. A few days earlier, the Wilkinson family had been farther north, near the ice. There, bears looked healthy. But the scene just after midnight on July 23 was desperate. Mother and cub were struggling, skin hanging loose. According to Jon Aars, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the cub, seven or eight months old, was likely to die if its mother didn’t eat soon. She probably wasn’t lactating. Wilkinson saw the bear sniff the air, picking up something of interest. This thin female couldn’t attack a healthy, full-grown walrus. A carcass would solve their problem. If the walrus were weak or sick, predation might be an option. But that walrus was alive and well. The situation was unworkable. The search for food went on. Read more about the polar bear and walrus, "Desperate for Food, Polar Bear Tests Walrus" http://bit.ly/2E8kOCl Mother Polar Bear, Desperate for Food, Tests Walrus | National Geographic https://youtu.be/FAHA6M7xT5M National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (2 years ago)
This mother polar bear is on the hunt for food for her young, but can't attack a large live walrus on her own. How do you think this mother bear can feed her young given the current circumstances? To learn more about this interaction between the polar bear and walrus, please check out this article: http://bit.ly/2E8kOCl
dyy Fethiiyhn (5 days ago)
Show cows eating meat
Ibex Wildrose (2 months ago)
To help a polar bear, do not become one.
abhaya dev (3 months ago)
I believe some developed countries have enough chickenlegs stored in frozen condition so that they could sell it to devrloping countries. I think they should give it to those starving polar bears.
SHRIKANTH (4 months ago)
At least u should have feed these polar bear for once.
William Ewart Gladstone (3 days ago)
Parecía dead
Terry Sigmon (4 days ago)
They should step in and feed the bears a couple times a year to ensure their survival. Starvation is brutal.
don carlo (4 days ago)
can you imagine how big is this walrus???
ValToxy Kal (6 days ago)
Everyone's joking about the size of walrus and polar bear but no ones noticing that the bear and her cub at near starvation and desperate for food.
u3962521 (7 days ago)
The collar is what will kill this polar bear
Superstitious Climate Clown (9 days ago)
Dramatic music & text add nothing...
hans hansen (12 days ago)
why does the bear have a collar or what ever its
Isaiah Armstrong (13 days ago)
I wonder what it’s like being a gigantic ball of fat with buck teeth
Teebiskit (13 days ago)
1:49 when you wake your mom up early on a Saturday.
Oskar Ehre (14 days ago)
Everybody gangster til walrus angry
Ammar Kingu (17 days ago)
Is it me or is the land moving..?
Truth 888 (20 days ago)
The bear had time to paw smash the skull as it slept..
Ar Zolotovâ (21 days ago)
It’s not funny! It’s horrible
Adrian kim Leow (22 days ago)
please remove the sensor on the neck of the bear.
Cole Thornton (23 days ago)
I wonder was the walrus named Paul.
ʜ - ʏ (25 days ago)
Walrus be laughing when that starving mother tries to get him, wait til a pack of wolves get in ya m8.
Huma Khan (26 days ago)
I just need to know what happened to these two, mama bear and cub!
Curtis Allen (30 days ago)
Excuse me sir...you got some nice steaks on you
Gan GUlf (30 days ago)
She should have tryed to kill it while it was sleeping
John Froelich (1 month ago)
Sometimes the ecosystem needs fewer polar bears...
lebronhoward (1 month ago)
I think they made a mistake naming it a walrus and not a elephant seal
Swamp Trap (1 month ago)
She's checking to see if it's dead. Probably lots of males out there tearing each other up and dying from injuries.
jeff medvin (1 month ago)
Backed off a polar bear just by getting up. Walrus must be very dangerous
Allen Moses (1 month ago)
Polar bears do not usually hunt in the summer months. This has nothing to do with ice formations. The bear has other issues. Thete are now more polar bears than ever before. Stop trying to make this a fraudulent issue of climate change. Its not.
Jay V (1 month ago)
bear is wearing gopro or what
HPPAV2003 (1 month ago)
Somebody give that bear some chicken or something
G L O C K (1 month ago)
Everyone saying they feel sad the bear might die..... it has to KILL other animals to survive..... you youtube morons are so deluded I dont even know how you people survive day to day life
Kelly L. (1 month ago)
Walrus: You wake me up again and I'm going to play a proctologist with one of my tusks...
daniel hannon (1 month ago)
I wonder what crime that polar bear committed. I see it has a neck monitor.
G L O C K (1 month ago)
Go hug a tree you soyboy
daniel hannon (1 month ago)
Was it a written test?
Oscar (1 month ago)
pobre osito
John Doe (1 month ago)
The first walrus is like, “Go ahead, I dare you!” The second walrus is like, “You don’t have a prayer.”
S J (1 month ago)
WHAT THEY DONT TELL YOU IS THE FACT THAT THOSE HUGE FKN STUPID COLLARS THEY ARE PUTTING ON THE BEARS ARE HINDERING THEM FOR HUNTING!!!!!
Boston Chris (1 month ago)
Just imagine what those tusks on that walrus would do to that polar bear if the polar bear decided to attack.
Rudi Fahrizal Putra (1 month ago)
Why don't natgeo team, feed them?
Uniqueness Entertainment (1 month ago)
For real for real we the humans are the cause of this. The Chain Reaction will occur.
G L O C K (1 month ago)
How? These polar bears are lucky they are still a species and we havent skinned all of them for our rugs....
James Vickers (1 month ago)
Walrus was sleeping hard
Diehard Patriot (1 month ago)
This thing around the neck of bear can damage tusks of walrus in a dogfight. Dangerous.. The girl is so dangerous..
Diehard Patriot (1 month ago)
How about tieing collars around neck of entire team of conservationists to track them n see what pains n hardships do they endure to ensure these magnificent creatures live peacefully in wild? If the collar can be tight enough to strangle them! A rope, may be
johncasagranda (1 month ago)
Who put this bracelet on bear's neck and what is it for? Was there a size small or medium by chance instead of an inconvenient XL one? =|
Bradley Robinson (1 month ago)
IT'S TOO STRONG FOR YOU, BEAR!
Joyce Carter (1 month ago)
I can't understand why so many get so mad about the use of animals that have been harvested by hunters,when they eat beef,chicken,lobsters etc. Ifthey would do some research, they d find that agreat amount of the monies from safaris etc, goes to build wells and bring meds to people in great need, How much of the money from the meats they eat helps the poor?Reaseach before blaming.
Zaynmyn Haokip (1 month ago)
Polar bear be like "food finally" Walrus Are u kidding me Little Ant
Donald Blackmon (1 month ago)
Tap tap...uhhh Mr. Walrus, never mind
Donald Blackmon (1 month ago)
Polar bear has something on it's neck so unnatural uncomfortable
G L O C K (1 month ago)
Probably keeping its neck warmer.... your house is made out of bricks.... so unnatural... I demand you to tear it down and live in the woods
family memories (2 months ago)
If the polar bear was desperate it would of eaten that. Clearly climate change propaganda
f c (2 months ago)
-- Mother, why don't we eat him? -- Nah, he's old and chewy...
f c (2 months ago)
-- Hey there, you are lucky to be alive! -- Eat my shorts!
Mike Milly (2 months ago)
*taps walrus* “Hey, sorry to wake you.. can you get this off my neck?”
Ibex Wildrose (2 months ago)
Can polar bear wear hypno-crown?
Ranjeev jaswal (2 months ago)
😘😛🧐😕
Axrat (2 months ago)
So, nothing to see here then.
Mr god (3 months ago)
How DARE ye wake me!
李宥穎 (3 months ago)
Polar Bear vs Walrus colony
Cewek Seksi TV 100jtx (3 months ago)
Bear: "he's real Heavy weight opponent, just get out here son"
JTuni (3 months ago)
What's the thing on the pb's neck
hyena131 (3 months ago)
Any chance you can get rid of the superfluous, intelligence insulting, distracting captions. We can see what's happening, and as the old saying goes - actions speak louder than words. Thanks.
Myusernames OMFG (3 months ago)
The polar bear has something on its neck. STOP! LET THE ANIMALS BE FREE! DONT EXPECT THEM TO LIKE YOU. WHY ARE SOME HUMANS SOOO MEAN!!
Who cares? (3 months ago)
Walrus's have pug faces. Didn't know they were so cute.
James Fureyster (3 months ago)
Who ever put that thing on her neck, shoud put it on them selfs
hyena131 (3 months ago)
@James Fureyster I'm not a polar bear, ya whining fuckwit.
James Fureyster (3 months ago)
@hyena131 let me put one on you😂😂😂
hyena131 (3 months ago)
James Furester Stop being presumptive and foolish. It is almost certainly a tracking collar placed by researchers and doesn't harm or bother the bear one bit.
abhaya dev (3 months ago)
Why dont they feed those starving polar bears. Habitat destruction are leading those creatures towards extinction.
Geralt Butthole (3 months ago)
1:45 Me everytime my brother annoys me
Prem Sachkapoor (3 months ago)
Walrus - Dude I was dreaming about your death... Bear to baby bear - Let's get out of here
Myrlix Studioz (3 months ago)
Get them food
Terkel Algevind (3 months ago)
Honestly we gotta sort out this problem in western universities of dogma overwriting fact. It just has to be the case. Polar Bear population worldwide 1960´s; 5000 estimated. 2019; 30000 estimated. How is your false idol animal of the climate cult religion doing, again? Pathetic liars. Gross liars. Discusting lazy slobs....
Watching Eagle Aap (3 months ago)
I'm tired out of watching videos with polar bears starving and desperate. There are thousands of seals, dead whales and other animals to eat. This cheap talking about global warming got me fed up. Put an end to it. Have done !
ath 911 (4 months ago)
Climatic change
ITwas (4 months ago)
tap' tap' Yo dawg, you alive?
Aratrik Ghosh (4 months ago)
I knew the walruses are pretty big but i didn't knew they are so big my gosh it made the polar bear look tiny in front of it walruses are really very massive
v er (4 months ago)
I do all to make my child have to eat
jนl¡ഠ (4 months ago)
I am the walrus
Drowzee (4 months ago)
Polar Bear: *taps walrus* Walrus: “So you’ve chosen death”
Gman k (25 days ago)
@ʜ - ʏ imagine if the walrus calls for reinforcements
ʜ - ʏ (25 days ago)
Imagine if that bear calls reinforcements
Travis Schwartz (4 months ago)
Maybe her collar wasn’t big enough
Yushi Kuang (4 months ago)
The cubs is really skinny and afraid.
Karen Abainza (4 months ago)
😭😭😭😭😭💔💔💔💔💔💔
Dave (4 months ago)
An hungry polar bear. How very, very unusual. Must be because of anthropogenic /catastrophic global warming, of course!
ELLIS MARINO (4 months ago)
Climate change Haha so fake .if you believe this you are so stupid I show you a tropical island and say it was Alaska
The what (4 months ago)
You make no sense
ColdHardFacts (4 months ago)
It’s funny and sad at the same time
Lana Mesteth (4 months ago)
This was a tough video to watch, who do you go for the poor starving wonderful beautiful polar bears or the amazing awesome gigantic walrus? I just wanted to feed the bears and the only reason I watched the video is I read a story about a momma walrus attacking a smaller boat filled with scientist or researchers, protecting her Cub and I wanted to know what a baby walrus looked like. That's how I came upon this video. It's so incredible I've never even been on a boat. I can only imagine. What a wonderful life you must have. Thanks for the video:) I feel sad about the polar bears 😔
Francisco (4 months ago)
It's difficult to be a polar bear
Noppera Bō (4 months ago)
I Am The Walrus
David Mathews II (5 months ago)
Wonder if it had anything to do with hippies slapping a frequency emitting collar around her neck. 🤦‍♂️
hyena131 (3 months ago)
David Mathews II Where do you get the hippy thing from and how would the device around the bear's neck harm it one iota? Calm down.
Isaac Liscano (5 months ago)
This video makes me want to feed them 😢
Natural Person (5 months ago)
People have to feed them.
Gk Ap (5 months ago)
科學家應該把海象撲殺一些,海象數量太多了😩
SoloPlaysRoblox (5 months ago)
this is so sad the mother hasent ate and thats her only choice but she cant.
Lizy Rojo (5 months ago)
Dios mío perdona por el mal que hemos hecho a tu creacion me duele ver estas imágenes
Andy's Tv (5 months ago)
Walruses has a great population. Compare to polar bear which is endangered. I hope they survive.
sprfitter1 (5 months ago)
This has happened thousands of times in one form or another. It's call life for theis species. Off to find dinner somewhere else
J.C. Tavares (5 months ago)
The stupid text don't stop to appears!
Michael Noonan (5 months ago)
The fact she has that collar could also be a huge part of why hunting is so hard for her. Why don't people just use microchips imagine if you had a heavy clunky collar put around your neck, just because it's an animal does not mean it can just adapt and deal with it acting as if it had no collar.
Whippetha creem (6 months ago)
Protecc smol child and get food for smol child
Chad Thompson (6 months ago)
If I was there I would sacrifice my brother to keep the polar bears alive :)
Coco Poco (6 months ago)
So sad and feel bad for these polar bears....
Anupam rajput Rajput (6 months ago)
Koi .indian hai jo svalward me rehta hai ?
Graphik Dezigns (6 months ago)
Walrus was like: "What's up? You want the smoke, fam? I keep these tusks on me!".
Malter Dwight (6 months ago)
OMG animals die in nature? Wow
Witchfinder Nielsen (6 months ago)
Vegans: REEEEEEEEEE
Doctor Plaga (6 months ago)
Poor polar bear😢😢😢😢
Play GT (6 months ago)
Circle of life