Lonely Planet Writer

This adorable polar bear playing in a kiddie pool is helping scientists looking at climate change

A video of a polar bear playing in a paddling pool filled with ice has gone viral on the internet.  However, the baby bear through her play is helping scientists looking at the effects of climate change on the Arctic ecosystem.

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10-month-old Nora playing in a kiddie pool of ice. Image by: Oregon Zoo

Nora was raised by zookeepers at Oregon Zoo after she was rejected by her mother shortly after birth.

Oregon Zoo is working with Polar Bears International on “research projects that will shed new light on the effects of climate change on polar bears in the wild.”   According to Oregon Zoo: “The new polar bear habitat at the Oregon Zoo will provide visitors with a view into these research activities so that they learn along with the scientists and gain greater appreciation for the bears’ conservation status and their dwindling arctic habitat.”

 

The new polar bear habitat at the Oregon Zoo will provide visitors with a view into these research activities so that they learn along with the scientists and gain a greater appreciation for the bears’ conservation status and their dwindling arctic habitat.

Polar Passage, expected to open in 2019, will provide bears with larger, more open terrain that they can patrol as they do in the wild. The new habitat will include natural ground materials, tundra plants, elevated areas for long views, shallow and deep pools, and many viewing opportunities for visitors.