The furry-faced poster-animal of the climate crisis is still surviving smartly

Along Greenland’s southeast coast, the usual 100-days of frozen sea water is being replaced by a floating landscape of ice coming off the fronts of glaciers

It has allowed this genetically-distinct subpopulation to continue to live, despite conditions that were being described 30 years ago as a doomsday situation

“Our findings are hopeful,” said one researcher. “I think they show us how some polar bears might persist under climate change.”

The female bears appeared smaller and produced fewer cubs, which could be a sign of adaptation or simply of sparser hunting conditions

Hunting from these freshwater ice chunks, it’s the first time polar bears have been seen displaying this behavior

Bears in parts of the world like Greenland and Svalbard, which contain many glacier fronts, could still adapt to new hunting conditions

These few hundred polar bears are reportedly the most susceptible to climate change of any of the white wanderers