Wild Tracks

The Other White Bear

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On the western coast of Canada, deep in the coastal rainforest, lives a unique bear.

The Kermode, or Spirit bear, is a genetic variation of the American black bear, and found nowhere else in the world. The white coat is thought to be caused by a recessive gene, and when two black bears who carry this gene mate, a white cub is born.

This video from The Nature Conservancy Canada tells the story of this beautiful inhabitant of the Great Bear Rainforest.

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