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Happy Feet Is Headed Home

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YAY!

The emperor penguin that got lost hunting and accidentally swam to New Zealand is being sent back to Antarctica.

Over $28,000 was raised to help the bird — who many call the real life Happy Feet — get back on his feet and fund his 2,000 mile journey back home.

Hopefully some of that money also went towards getting him a GPS.

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Reindeer Herder Stumbles Upon Baby Woolly Mammoth

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Wowzerz!

The mammoth's name is Lyuba - and that's why we never let a Russian reindeer herder name anything important.

He Herder was chasing some of Rudolph's buddies when he discovered a perfectly preserved 40,000-year-old mammoth calf poking out of the permafrost.

Natalia Fyodorova, the find's expedition leader, expects this discovery to get a lot of attention, especially because the baby was found in the same region of Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk as the last mammoth find four years ago. She said:

"If it is true what is said about how it is preserved, this will be another sensation of global significance."

For now, scientist are planning to send Lyuba to Salekhard so they can put her in a giant freezer. Go Science!

Giant woolly mammoths have been extinct since the Earth's last Ice Age 1.8 million to around 11,500 years ago.

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Teen Dies In Norwegian Polar Bear Attack

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Sadness!

A bunch of British students camping in Norway, were attacked by polar bear.

The attack killed a 17-year-old boy and injured four other teens.

The trips organizer, the British Schools Exploring Society, said two of the wounded were hospitalized with severe injuries and that campers were part of a trip of 80 people, most of them between 16 and 23.

Members of the expedition were spending either 3 or 5 weeks in the Arctic, and had each paid between $3,280 - $4,900 to join the trip.

The place in Norway where the attack happened is home to about 2,400 people and 3,000 polar bears.

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Some Purdy Cool Polar Bears

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Incase you didn't notice, it's hawt as hell outside!

Polar bears at the Philadelphia zoo are spending time in the water and in the shade as they try to stay cool during the heat wave.

The zoo is also helping by feed the bears what they call "frozen treats." These consists of frozen meal worms, and frozen fish parts. Um… yummy?

Watch the video to see what else the arctic bears are doing to keep cool.

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Turns Out, Polar Bears Are Irish

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Turns Out, Polar Bears Are Irish

Seriously?

Ever wonder why polar bears love to dance gigs and always call into work sick the day after St. Patrick's day?

Well…. it turns out the Arctic's dwindling population of polar bears all descend from a single mama brown bear which lived 20,000 to 50,000 years ago in present-day Ireland.

A study recently released said DNA samples from the great white carnivores — taken from across their entire range in Russia, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Alaska — revealed that every individual's lineage could be traced back to this Irish forebear.

Interbreeding may have helped polar bears survive climate change events in the past — offering some hope for the future.

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Penguin Takes Wrong Turn, Ends Up In New Zealand

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It's Happy Feet!

A young Emperor penguin took a rare wrong turn from the Antarctic and ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach – the first time in 44 years the aquatic bird has been sighted in the wild in the South Pacific country.

A local resident was taking her miniature Schnauzer dog for a walk on Peka Peka Beach on the North Island's western coast when she discovered the bird Monday evening.

Conservation experts say the penguin is about 10 months old and stands about 32 inches (80 centimeters) high. At Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, said the bird was likely born during the last Antarctic winter. It may have been searching for squid and krill when it took a wrong turn and landed about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the Antarctic coast.

Don't you just hate it when you accentually swim 2,000 miles in the wrong direction? Yeah… we don't know what that's like either.

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Pollution Is Causing Rising Mercury Levels In Arctic Animals

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Oh No!

Global mercury emissions could grow by 25 percent by 2020 if no action is taken to control them, posing a threat to polar bears, whales and seals and the Arctic communities who hunt those animals for food, an authoritative international study says.

The assessment by a scientific body set up by the eight Arctic rim countries also warns that climate change may worsen the problem, by releasing mercury stored for thousands of years in permafrost or promoting chemical processes that transform the substance into a more toxic form.

"It is of particular concern that mercury levels are continuing to rise in some Arctic species in large areas of the Arctic,"

despite emissions reductions in nearby regions like Europe, North America and Russia, said the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, or AMAP.

Emissions have increased in other parts of the world, primarily in China, which is now the world's No. 1 mercury polluter, accounting for nearly half of total emissions, AMAP said.

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