A thin mother polar bear roaming with her critically hungry cub inspects a resting walrus, on the chance that it's sick or dead, but it's quite capable of defending itself. ➡ Subscribe: 🤍bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe #NationalGeographic #PolarBears #Walrus About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: 🤍bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: 🤍bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: 🤍bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: 🤍bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Travis Wilkinson and his family were on a sailing trip in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, far north of the Arctic Circle. In late July, 2015, they were traveling through Hinlopen Strait, west of the largest island, Spitsbergen—an impossible route some summers, when pack ice blocks passage. But that summer, ice was especially sparse, making hunting harder for polar bears. These apex predators favor waiting at the sea ice’s edge, striking seals as they approach. A few days earlier, the Wilkinson family had been farther north, near the ice. There, bears looked healthy. But the scene just after midnight on July 23 was desperate. Mother and cub were struggling, skin hanging loose. According to Jon Aars, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the cub, seven or eight months old, was likely to die if its mother didn’t eat soon. She probably wasn’t lactating. Wilkinson saw the bear sniff the air, picking up something of interest. This thin female couldn’t attack a healthy, full-grown walrus. A carcass would solve their problem. If the walrus were weak or sick, predation might be an option. But that walrus was alive and well. The situation was unworkable. The search for food went on. Read more about the polar bear and walrus, "Desperate for Food, Polar Bear Tests Walrus" 🤍bit.ly/2E8kOCl Mother Polar Bear, Desperate for Food, Tests Walrus | National Geographic 🤍youtu.be/FAHA6M7xT5M National Geographic 🤍🤍youtube.com/natgeo
The “next time” vibes is real lol
She has a collar on we as humans should intervene and give them good to eat as much as possible.
Breaks my heart. I hope they made it.
Die, bear cubs, die!
By now I guess a adult human is as big as a polar bear cub.
Polar bear looked like puff when she like tested its arm and she like jumped away. Anyways then it got really scary like they might have eaten the baby
Tried the wrong one
Is that a tracking device around the bear's neck...?
Next looking to survive are the same who destroy the habitat....humans !!!
Why can’t we airlift meat to these magnificent creatures?!! We have contributed to altering their environ. We can for wars.
Nature is cruel, get a grip.
Mother polar bear " just wanted to tell you there's a Storm coming you might want to look for cover "
Mother Polar bear: Dear Walrus, Can I eat you ? Me and my son is hungry.
Walrus: Nah, I ain't your lunch yet. Ask the other dude.
Other Walrus: Seriously ?... Maam, you have to Look further north.
Mother Polar bear: Thank you. We will be on our way.
We destroyed their habitat. We're overfishing, over developing, consuming an unsustainable amount of biomass, and blowing through this world's resources like we're an infestation. Starving not just this bear, but entire 3rd world nations.
Where are the ice 😞
THROW THEM A CARCASS GODDAMMMM ITTTT