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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pizzlies: Love the one you're with

Going my way?  (Photo by Sarah Hartwell) 
What’s a polar bear to do when the ice starts melting?  Answer:  Find a kissing cousin, quick!

Pizzlies (or if you prefer, grolars) are the results of increased mating between polar bears and grizzlies.  As the climate warms up in Alaska and Western Canada, these biological cousins have been cozying up to one another.  The heat is on, in more ways than one.

Most likely, polar bears prefer polar bears and grizzlies grizzlies, but the adage “love the one you’re with” certainly applies here.  Scientifically known as “flexible mate choice,” this simply means “mating with the best possible partners as opposed to not mating at all.”

If this sounds way too familiar, you can now blame it on global warming.


Copyright May 24, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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