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The Week in Animals News: Piggybacking Polar Bears, Obese Pets, and More

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Polar Bears Play Piggyback

In the Arctic, polar bears have recently been observed swimming in icy water while carrying young cubs on their backs. It's the result, researchers explained, of having to swim greater distances to find solid sea ice--and is an innovation that may be crucial for the survival of the species.

As sea ice in the arctic has melted, the bears have been forced to swim much farther to find substantial chunks.

Read the Full Story: Polar Bear Mothers Spotted Swimming with Their Cubs on Their Backs

Photo credit: Polar Cruises/Creative Commons

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