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Female Polar Bears Need an Extra 220 Lbs. for Pregnancy

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Female Polar Bears Need an Extra 220 Lbs. for Pregnancy

Short | 02:55

During seal hunting season, a female polar bear strives to put on up to 300 pounds of fat. That weight gain is a necessity - without it, her body won't allow her to get pregnant.

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Summer is coming to an end in Manitoba, and a new struggle for survival begins for the polar bears and town locals. One pregnant bear is desperately seeking food to carry her through winter in her birthing den, while Churchill's guides are also working hard to find a unique tourist spot that will give them a leg up on their competitors. But they're not the only locals with money on their minds. The town's largest employer is on the verge of shutting down, putting jobs, and the community's future, in jeopardy.

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