Since it is only recently that more than a few scientists have traveled to the Arctic to study polar bears in the wild, there is still a lot we have to learn about them and their behavior. You can be like a polar bear researcher too, thanks to Alaska Zoo’s polar bear cam!

While polar bears are usually solitary animals when they are not mothering cubs, they do enjoy one another’s company more than we once thought. Now we know that a lot of the time we see two polar bears fighting they are just doing it for fun.

However, polar bears are sometimes competitive with each other, especially about food. They will often chase off other polar bears that may try scavenging their hard earned meal from them. Females are also very protective of their young cubs. If they feel their cubs are being threatened, these mothers will not hesitate to drive off much larger male polar bears and other predators.