“I see the glaciers calving, retreating dozens to hundreds of meters every year. I see the pack ice disappearing in record speed. Yes, I have seen bears in good shape – but I have also seen dead and starving polar bears. Bears walking on the shores, looking for food, bears trying to hunt reindeer, eating birds’ eggs, moss and seaweed. And I realized that the fat bears are nearly exclusively males which stay on the pack ice all year long. The females, on the other hand, which den on land to give birth to their young, are often slim. With the pack ice retreating further and further north every year, they tend to be stuck on land where there’s not much food.” -
This is the skull of a male polar bear that died recently at the Point Defiance Zoo in Washington.
Those bugs you see are dermestid beetles & larvae, which are often used to clean bones because they don’t cause any damage to fragile bones like chemicals or boiling water do, as they eat away the dead flesh. The reason the top of the bear’s skull is cut open because zoos perform necropsies on all animals that die in their care to find cause of death and to collect & record other information to share with other zoos.
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Zootopia / Robin Hood fanfiction TAKE A STAND Chapter 17: No Turning Back
(AN/ Hey guys it’s Garouge AKA Crewefox with another chapter of Take a Stand. Thank you to all the lovely folks who liked, reblogged, followed, faved and reviewed the last update, you are all awesome. Sorry for being a day late I was pretty ill yesterday, so without further ado let’s get cracking with this chapter…)
Jack and Skye walked into the cemetery just before noon, not many mammals were about as most visited their relatives at the weekend, but this day was important for Jack as today was his mother’s birthday; Hannah Savage would be sixty if she was still alive today. Jack was holding a bouquet of various flowers all the shade of blue, his mom’s favourite colour but when he and Skye reached his mother’s gravestone they found that there were already two bunches of blue flowers laying against the stone. Jack smiled as he read the card on one of the bouquets ‘Happy Birthday Hannah, we miss you- Marian & Family’ then he let out a small laugh of disbelief when he saw the message on the second bunch ‘Happy 60th Hannah- R & L.J’.