photo from www.alaska-in-pictures.com
...no, it's not another polar bear. This, dear reader, is what's known as a kermode bear or spirit bear.
This rare white bear is actually a subspecies of the black bear. It is not an albino. Perhaps it is the result of a recessive gene.
photo from www.ursafreedomproject.ning.com
Kermode bears are found only on the west coast of Canada and up into Alaska. Scientists estimate there are 1,200 black and white kermode bears in the coast area that stretches from around the northern tip of Vancouver Island northwards to the Alaska panhandle. On Gribbell Island, up to 30 percent of the bears can be white, while on the larger Princess Royal Island, about 10 percent have the white coat.
Kermode bears are so beautiful. I hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit about this elusive white bear.
photo from www.nickgarbutt.com