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    • A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska on 6 March 2007.
    • Polar bear mama and her cub roaming on Franz Josef Land in the Barents Sea.
    • Meet Felix, a 14-year-old polar bear found on Wrangel Island and currently residing in a Krasnoyarsk Zoo.
    • Felix, playing in the pool at the zoo.
    • Another inhabitant of the Krasnoyarsk Zoo - Ursula from the Taymyr Peninsula, in Russia's Far North.
    • Two polar bears feasting in Chukotka, Russia's Far East.
    • Gerda, a female polar bear, and her cub snuggling at the Novosibirsk Zoo.
    • Two bears goofing around in the Chukotka Sea.
    • A polar bear spotted near a polar station on Franz Josef Land.
    • This bear was found near a station on Hooker Island.
    • The bear is seen peeking inside the polar station.
    • A solitary polar bear strolling on a glacier in the Arctic Ocean.
    • A polar bear entertaining visitors at the Khabarovsk Zoo.
    • Umka-Ayany, a polar bear from Yakutia, makes a dramatic performance for onlookers.
    • An intrepid bear, drifting on ice, makes a leap, while his companion watches.
    • A small group of polar bears in Chukotka.
    • A polar bear-like installation in Moscow's Gorky Park.
    • A polar bear cub at a wildlife park in Gelendzhik, Russia.
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    A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska on 6 March 2007.

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies polar bears as a vulnerable species due to the potential habitat loss that could result from climate change. Polar Bears International leads the efforts to conserve the species and are the masterminds of International Polar Bear Day to raise awareness about the magnificent mammals.

    27 February marks International Polar Bear Day, set up by Polar Bears International, a non-profit conservation organisation.

    According to the organisation, the day coincides with the season when mother bears and their cubs are in their dens, which provide critical help for the newborn bears.

    Polar Bears International intends to launch a campaign aiming to protect polar bear dens to make sure bear cubs are safe.

    Sputnik welcomes you to check out our latest photo gallery to have a look at these spectacular creatures.

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