12 December 2023
Writing: Michael Venning (Year 8)
Photography: Melissa Bradley (Unsplash)
Editing: Hannah Pimenta (Year 13)
As you may have predicted, this is another one of those articles telling you about how climate change is going to destroy the Earth and what we can do about it. The thing is, this isn’t.
I’m sure you’ve heard of a polar bear and a grizzly bear but have you heard of a grolar bear? Obviously, this is a mix between a grizzly and a polar bear
You’re probably thinking right now about how this might have happened. It was because of climate change. As the North Pole shrinks, the polar bears are forced to spend more time on land, therefore, in closer contact with grizzly bears. This overlap in habitat increases the chances of breeding. Also, because they are both part of the Ursidae family, they have similar genetics.
Usually a grolar bear’s fur is a mix of white and brown. Some individuals have a cocktail of grizzly bears and polar bears characteristics. They are found in ice cold regions of North America and Canada.
This is just one example of the new animals emerging due to the threats posed by climate change. Keep in mind, if you happen to encounter one of these in Canada, please refrain from staring in amazement. Remember, it's still a bear, so run.