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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


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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Prince Harry Trapped In The Arctic!

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Prince William, we hope you have a back up Best Man. At the moment, your brother seems to be the one with cold feet!

This week, Prince Harry courageous journeyed to the frosty North Pole as part of an expedition for the Walking With the Wounded charity. He was supposed to he heading back to the U.K. today but due to current weather condition, his highness is stranded!

Reps for Harry are trying to reassure everyone that he is safe and in no danger, but leaving the Arctic right now is just not a possibility. The rep reveals:

"Prince Harry was due to leave the Arctic today, but owing to damage to the runway at Ice Camp Barneo his departure has been delayed. He will now spend an extra day trekking with the team and return to Barneo tonight to await the first available flight."

With any luck, Harry should be out of the frozen tundra in the next 48 hours, but the rep did note that "given the unpredictable nature of conditions in the Arctic the situation may change."

So much for a silver lining, huh?

We're really hoping the best for Harry. It's got to be really "Brrr" up there and we're sure he'd much rather be back at home, warm and snug, having his tuxedo tailored for his brother's big day.

Hopefully, you'll be back home soon - and without frost bite!

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