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The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal

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Polar Bears Say "Stay Away!"

It's winter, and while Los Angeles has been unseasonably warm, I find my mind wandering to cooler things, like polar bears. In most zoos and animal parks, polar bears ( ursus maritimus ) attract such a disproportionate amount of attention that they are referred to in the industry as "charismatic megafauna," or in other words, "really cool animals." Perhaps it is because it is especially rare for the average zoo-goer to happen upon a polar bear in the wild, or because they live in such an inhospitable environment...

January 5, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

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