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Are polar bears pack animals?
No, this is just Canada’s first strike. Next come the Moose.
And so it begins.
We START with fucking polar bears??
edit: I'm from the Yukon. Trust me, I KNOW moose are dangerous.
edit#2: This is what happens when you shmuck a moose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72awOuWcfAA
Hitting a moose with your car, when it's just standing there, will likely kill you. A bull in heat will charge at anything like a derailed freight train. Cute as they seem in the media, they're truly a force to be reckoned with.
Edit: they can also swim
Can attest, Canadian who’s been charged by a bull moose a couple years ago. One of the scariest moments of my life! There was a moose family chilling on the road, so we stopped the car at a distance. A moment after daddy moose charged right at us, only ever so slightly changing course at the very last moment; it ran so close to us its leg brushed the car’s bumper.
Visiting any family of mammals is usually a dubious proposal. Deer are crazy skittish, unless they see you checking out their fawn. Then they're simply crazy.
Don't underestimate a moose, those fuckers are dangerous as hell if you catch them at the wrong time.
They are dangerous if you catch them at any time. Pay attention, Redditors, do NOT try to catch moose thinking there is a right time.
Motherfuckers are tall as hell too. Idk how Canadians deal with them as I'm already scared of hitting a deer on my way home. Can't imagine how much damage a moose can do
The car just takes the legs out and it fucks up your car is how we deal with it.
But in all seriousness, accidents involving deer are much more common the those involving moose.
And accidents involving moose I know of happened during winter. Likely crossing highways more often when food is scarce, where as deer cross regularly year round
Can confirm. Have seen 100s of deer in my Canadian life, but only 1 moose.
In Anchorage Alaska it wasnt uncommon to walk past them in the dark early hours. I remember going to work at about 430 am and looking up to see a moose munching on a tree about 5 feet from me. He wanted nothing to do with me and I wanted nothing to do with him. Not to say they aren't inherently scary but that moose was interested in his food and I was interested in getting to work. I had one eating a tree while I was on my upper porch having a smoke only a few feet from each other since the guy was super tall and he just kept munching away and occasionally lifted his head to look at me.
Yeah but the polar bears on moose is what Russia should really be scared of.
No they are not, they will fight each other over food or mates
iirc, polar bears are one of the few animals that (still) track and hunt humans
Them and tigers. Not sure what else. I don't think sharks count.
Rats will seek out sleeping people after they have eaten a bit of human. Nibble on their feet and hands
That's a bit disturbing.
Rats are absolutely fucking savage man. There are cases of rats eating babies' whole toes off. They'll even eat each other. They are so fucked up they will eat their own offspring.
They breed like crazy. They'll eat fucking anything. They can fit through a thumb sized hole and swim through large bodies of water. They can chew through concrete and plywood. They will attack full grown people when cornered. Can you fathom attacking Godzilla with nothing but your face?! A rat can. Oh and they are geniuses of the rodent world.
One time I was down skating by the locks in Boston and we were on a ledge that was above a rats nest. Seeing 10 rats come running out right at you is probably top 10 scariest things I've seen. I pretty much took off running, I think a buddy batted one away with a board. But they still came after us til we were like block away
Dude that sounds horrifying. I have always feared rats. I think it is because we lived in shitty houses in my young age and I would see them on occassion in closets and under beds
I only see field mice in my house during the winter. If I saw an actual sewer rat in here, I'd probably have to hunt that thing with a pellet gun.
We had a rat in our house. I could hear it at night rustling around.
We set all kinds of traps and the damn thing would nibble the peanut butter but never get caught.
So my eagle-eared husband sat up late after I went to bed, waiting for it to start its evening shenanigans. He sat quietly, listened carefully, tracked it down and found it in the garage. He got it trapped in a corner, then hollered for me. I threw on a robe, and came running to give him a tennis racket and our pellet gun. He said, “you want the racket? Or gun?”
I let the thing loose from its cardboard corner, husband whacked it and held it down with the racket and I shot it dead.
It was a real bonding moment for us.
the power of teamwork
Lol eagle eared
Nice! My dad, my brother and I had a similar bonding moment with a rat that took up residence under our dryer. We used hockey sticks though.
I hope this story gets told as often as possible
You won't get them with a pellet gun unless you're a crack shot. My mind is much more at ease now that I've trained my Chihuahua to be Van Helsing. Warning: dead rat https://i.imgur.com/woJBB0F.jpg
That is one fierce chihuahua
Dad recently brought a rat back with him in an old car he bought. Thing lived for 6 weeks or so rummaging through our garbage and making a mess. Put out traps but they did nothing. One day our Aussie starts feeling out and army crawls under our Tahoe and sticks his nose into the wheel well. I'm trying to figure out what the hell is going on and all of the sudden he pulls the fucking rat out and chomps down on his head, killing it. I have never been more proud and disgusted in my life.
That rat is clearly alive and trying to eat an ushanka.
Best solution to rodents are cats. Super reliable cute fluff balls that murder them for fun. Seriously they will let the rat or mice free after wounding it so they can chase it a few more times for sport before killing it, no doubt to send a message to the others. Great for cuddles as well.
I’m super allergic to cats. But in my old house we had a GIANT tree rat living in the garage. I thought my mom was joking when she said she saw one running along the ledge. I saw it, shit myself and cried and then went out and rescued two cats. They were supposedly related but one was male one was female and the female started getting so fat we took her to the vet and we figured she was pregnant. The vet said “Nope those are dead rats”
We tried to get a cat once for out rat problems about 8 years ago. We got a male tabby kitten (those are the oranged striped ones right?) just for rodents and he did fine for about 2 years. The problem is that he began venturing more and more into the woods near our house and we saw less and less of him. Every so often we'd spy him walking down the road or hunched in some brush stalking us and everytime he looked bigger and meaner.
The last time I saw him he was lean and muscular. Strutting through the tall grass like a damned lion on the Savannah. Barely acknowledged me. I suspect he is living on rabbits and rats that inhabit the woods near there and I speak in the present because that bastard feline cannot die.
Anyways what I mean is in my experience, the best mousers are wilder and being self sufficient they might leave you like ours did. Best to get a small dog or an emotionally dependent and lazy cat than another Rambo rat-hunter
You don't understand. He sacrificed the love from his humans to put an end to the rat problem. Defending your house isn't enough, no, he wants to tackle them head on, to annihilate their source.
Because of this, he had to relinquish everything else, for he has made many enemies, and only by staying away he can protect you all and accomplish the destiny he was raised for.
So tldr: you bought a tiger cub to kill rats and now a tiger is living in the woods near you?
We actually had the same problem. It wasn't before later we would learn that horny, young and ambitious male cats tend to leave their home to go out there and smash all the pussy. They can be gone for a long time and are suprisingly good at sustaining themselves for a domesticated animal. Ours returned after a few months but would repeat the same cycle every now and then until we snipped him and he turned into a lazy fatass. Female cats are probably the better option for rodent control, they actually prefer their nest unless they get sick at which point they will run away because of instincts but that's another story and it doesn't happen unless the cat is very sick.
I went to visit my uncle when I was around 5 or 6. I went in his bathroom to pee, lifted the lid, and a freaking rat was in the toilet. I screamed bloody murder and slammed the lid down. My mom came in and got my uncle. He calmly flushed the toilet and sent the rat back to from whence it came. To this day I still inspect the toilet before I sit on one and I never leave the lid up when I’m done. Fuck rats.
I was going to type this in my original tirade but I forgot halfway! One of the most terrifying abilities in a rat's already OP arsenal is gaining ingress through the toilet. This could be your hero origin story
I grew up in an urban environment and rats the size of chihuahuas were a familiar sight. Garbage-fed rats are fucking terrifying.
This is why cats are humans friends
Damn, that's like an MMO when you aggro a rats nest.
There was a hitman called the ice man who would go out on weekends and find random men and tie them up in the NY sewers and let the rats eat them alive to take pictures of it for contracts
Sounds like more of a serial killer than a hitman if it was random men, but I guess you can be both if you don't mind your hobby being your job.
He dabbled in both. Learned about him in a class called "The Study of Murder" a few years back. If i remember correctly he started out as more of a serial killer, and transitioned into doing hits.
It’s not work if you love what you do - Iceman
what the fuck...
They're also really smart, and they can work as a group. I've had them as pets and they were never boring.
Slow down. That’s too many rat facts.
Rats once ate a part of my grandfather's finger (index finger gone upto the second join, my mom's left earlobe in full and my ring finger upto 1st joint. Rats are assholes
Wtf. How? All that couldn't have happened during a night's sleep
I was a baby. My grandfather's a heavy sleeper and my mom was first to wake up but apparently ear lobe is not all that sensitive (hers was also pierced. Maybe that had something to do with it).
This rat though was so fucking huge when we finally got a rat cage and stuff, we were surprised that the bait would be consumed and the trap door would be down yet no rat caught. Then one day, it got caught in evening, mom heard the trap door shut and saw this big ass rat, could barely fit in the cage, will it open with force. Then dad got a bigger, sturdier rat cage and when he got caught, we still placed a 10kg flour drum in front of it. Then withing 10 minutes or so, we noticed he had moved his cage about full 10 cm or so and then we put the back of his cage to the wall and front with the flour drum.
Next day, took the rat cage to a nearby field and released him. Maybe 7 seconds passed and he was already hunted by a wild cat/fox looking like hybrid of an animal.
Im sorry, but i wouldve found a way to torture that fucker. Eat my babys finger, and my earlobe and get away with it?
Mountain lions too right?
Kind of. From what I've read, and I've read a lot as I'm frequently outdoors in mountain lion territory, mountain lions can find children hard to resist, and they will occasionally decide to eat a full grown adult; however, they don't really actively hunt us like tigers and polar bears will. For the latter two, deciding to eat someone is like deciding to pick up some McDonald's... nothing all that odd. For mountain lions, eating people instead of running/hiding from them is rather exceptional. There have only been 27 fatal attacks in the last 100 years from mountain lions, which is nothing considering how many of us live, work, or play in their territory. Meanwhile, in some parts of the world they have to come up with strategies to avoid becoming dinner for tigers, like wearing hats with faces painted on the back, etc.
They rarely attack a human though. They are smart enough to realize that attacking a large dog or human is a bad idea and could result in their death (remember a severe injury, like a broken leg, to a wild animal will leave it unable to flee from a predator and unable to obtain food). The thing is that Tigers and Polar bears are so well advantaged in fights with humans that they can actually take that chance because the Tiger will only pounce from hiding once it has a killing blow and the polar bear can tank almost anything long enough to kill you (except large caliber rifles). Mountain lions on the other hand have been killed by people with their bare hands.
This video is a good example of a mountain lion that knows its limits. If it had the element of surprise it could take down either one of those dogs despite being a juvenile, however because its presence was already known and it was double teamed it knew it was best to not engage. Intimidate enough to keep from being harmed, but not be aggressive enough to elicit a fighting reaction from either dog.
I think it's likely that we humans often get a pass due to our height. Animals aren't used to judging the size of an opponent that walks on two legs (note how many animals will stand up to look bigger), and since one bad engagement can leave them with a life-threatening injury, they assume we're more dangerous than we really are. Tigers and polar bears don't care because they're so damn big that they don't think a six-foot tall animal is a threat.
It may also be why predators can get a "taste for human." If they get hungry enough they'll take more risks, and once they've killed someone, they become more confident that they can do it again.
Some guy here in Colorado recently killed a mountain lion that attacked him just with his hands and things he had around him (I’m assuming rocks and sticks). They’re fierce but still small. The guy was a jogger and it was a young lion, I think the assumption is that it couldn’t resist something that looked like it was running away.
I lazily searched for an article from Arizona I think it was. A hunter got a non-lethal shot with a crossbow bolt on a mountain lion and it escaped, returned to the area the next day and then tracked the hunter to his tent and killed him at night. I wish I could find the article...
Komodo dragons too.
If your stranded in the snow and happen to see a polar bear out in the distance you're already dead. It's probably already been tracking you for miles and when it does catch up it will tear you apart and dig in while your still alive
Black guy here, i'm always up for a good fight then afterwards we fan talk about the economy and climate change over beef patties
Polar Bear: Omae wa, mou shindeiru
this is fine
Thanks for that
The archipelago in the Arctic was used by the USSR for nuclear tests.
Holy shit, we've created yao guai.
They’re so hard to kill. Maybe it’ll be like the bear from annihilation.
No, no, no, fuck you
Polar Yao Guai so much worse than the standard American breeds. Ugh. The regular Yao Guai came from mutated black bears which are much smaller than polar bears. The polar Yao Guai have got to be the size of an average mature deathclaw.
Hold up. The last line of the article mentions that area was used for nuclear missile testing. If we get radioactive polar bears coming after us in legions... this might be the threat we need to unite humanity.
Still depressing for those bears though, stuck between the ocean and society is a hard situation.
TFW your life is the plot of a shitty Sy Fy channel original movie.
Am just happy there are at least 50 polar bears left
Awww Russia listens to the endangerment of species so they won’t allow shooting
On the other hand... what do you do with a clan of polar bears that no longer give a fuck nor are scared of dogs and humans.
Edit:Well this blew up more then I thought
Might as well insert a random fact
The proper term for a rare gathering/clan of polar bear is called a celebration
You assimilate them into society.
Once they discover vodka, they're not so different from the rest of the Russian population
I agree. The only way forward is through a mutual respect, lest it degrade to mutual destruction. Land and tithings seem the first logical diplomatic resolution. The clan needs a name
>implying they were ever scared of us
Aren't polar bears one of the only species to actively hunt humans?
Pretty much them and salt water crocodiles.
Crocs/gators have pretty bad eyesight and usually just snap at whatever moves and if they bite meat they'll eat it. Idk if it's fair to say they actively hunt humans specifically. They just sort of actively hunt anything that comes near them.
This video is a pretty good summation as you'll see one croc bite off another crocs arm during feeding time. The feeding response kicked in and he just ate whatever his mouth managed to bite.
Edit: Went and looked up some more info out of curiosity and it appears that yes, their eyesight is approximately 7x worse than ours but it is highly specialized for horizontal vision. Essentially it means they can detect any and all movement around them at all times. This is how they are able to stay motionless in the water while they scan their environment. So while they lack clarity they make up for with greater field of view. Pretty neat.
Give them a Coke
Polar bears have never been really scared of humans. We are food.
I think the most newsworthy thing is that the Russian government rejected the resident's request to shoot the bears in the name of conservation. As long as the alternative measures are effective, I admire that decision.
This is sad for the bears. It's not their fault we have been melting their living environments, forcing them to go out in search of food.
TL;DR - Forcing the polar bears to head south, and the grizzlys to head north is causing the two to cross-breed more often. Polar bears will also be reduced in numbers due to genetics. Extinction is a very real threat, they are under attack from multiple angles.
If pizzlies have viable offspring, that can be absolutely terrifying
can we please call them grolar bears?
It’s my understanding that the different hybrid names depend on what species the mother is.
It'll be Grolar Bears if Mom was the polar bear and Polzies if mom's the grizzly. Good looking out!
Grolar Bears is the only way to go. Don’t find yourself on the wrong side of history.
I’ve been to Sachs Harbour where a pizzle (the cross was called something different, like grolar bear) was shot - I still want to know how the grizzly made its way up there, that’s a lot of wandering across the frozen ocean to get there.
This is true. Yet, let us not forget a Grizzly could probably decide to go anywhere it fucking felt like
Brown lay down, black fight back, white good night
Like, i need to fight back or i need to expect the black bear to fight back?
You fight back against black bears, not because you might actually beat it in a fight but because you might convince it you aren't worth the effort.
Other types of bears will just get pissed off if you do that.
Heard a podcast about them. They cant really survive. Polar bears and Grizzlies are extremely well adapted to their climate. Their offspring fall in the middle, making it near impossible for them to survive in any climate
It’s not quite as common as it sounds. Genetic testing has revealed that all the hybrids share one grizzly loving mother/grandmother : radio lab source
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So they basically meet and the polar bear says "theres no food up north" then the grizzly bear says wells theres no food south either" then both of them say "oh well lets fuck"
TIME TO REBEL MY BROTHERS 🐼🐻❄️❄️
Put out bowls of cereal. If you can encourage a dietary change it will turn things around.
Clearly the answer is Coca Cola.
Bjorn Bjorrinson of Svalbard has decided to invade.
I'm sure I misspelled all that. Big ass talking bear with armor.
Do you mean Iorek Byrnison of the Golden Compass?
Yes that's it. It's been a few years since I read the series. Thanks.
Iorek Byrnison I believe. Watch outif any of those bears start to sound like Ian McKellen.
Anyone have a source that isn't the Daily Mail?
3 minute long video: https://tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201902100225-tsfg.htm
The part of the video that shows them walking along side the truck is terrifying.
Someone call khabib
The Golden Compass II looks promising.
DO NOT EAT THEIR LIVER.
It has a deadly amount of vitamin A.
Now you tell me...
Phew, if it wasn't for your reddit comment that whole Russian village would be dead. You're a hero.
That is an oddly specific piece of information to share.
People often die during arctic expeditions from vitamin A poisoning (seals, bears).
Uh oh, I shouldn't have had seconds...
Hey, maybe Putin can convince Trump to fight global warming?
They're actually planning on being able to get to more oil once the ice melts.
Not to mention how profitable a northern sea route that isn't frozen, is for Russia...
For Russia, global warming is great.