Arctic ice melt could see rise of "Grolar bear"
LONDON: Scientists have suggested that
due to the adverse effects of Arctic ice melting, the hybrid of a polar bear and
grizzly bear - dubbed the 'grolar bear', might rise in numbers.
According to a report in
, the effects of climate change means that the hybrid bears could
become more common as their habitats increasingly overlap due to global warming.
"One of the real things that is happening is that grizzlies are
moving north, at the same time the polar bears are forced to be on the beach and
we have found a number of grizzly bear polar bear hybrids," said biologist Dr
George Divoky, who has worked in the Arctic region for over three decades.
"Essentially that could mean that it would save the polar bear genes
in the grizzly population," he added.
Biologists have already spotted the hybrid species.
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