There are a sizable number of bear species roaming different habitats across the world. This is mostly throughout the Northern Hemisphere with parts of the Southern Hemisphere holding a few species too. They can be found on the continents of Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Most of the species are mainly omnivorous, getting their diet from meat as well as vegetation. However, there are two bear species that are an exception to this feeding habit-the polar bear and the giant panda. The polar bear is a true carnivore with its opposite number specializing mostly on a bamboo diet.
The polar bear lives in the Arctic, with the rest of the other species being found mostly in the forest habitat. Well suited to the environment, the polar bear is an excellent swimmer using the massive front paws as paddles. Its fur is water repellant which enables it to shake off the water after a swim.
Polar bears can hunt well on land, in the water or pack ice. They derive their meat diet mostly from ringed seals, with the bearded seal also making up once in a while. Others on its menu include fish, walrus (sea horse-with the ivory tusks), beluga (small white whale), narwhal (small Arctic whale with ivory tusk as well), seabirds, reindeer and carrion. And humans beware-the polar bear has the notorious reputation of being the only animal that will hunt humans actively. However, any animal that crosses its path will size up as possible prey.