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David Jenkins has spent 10 years documenting the bond between mother polar bears and their...

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Environment

Polar bears have become iconic representatives of the problems caused by climate change. Not only are their habitat and food sources under threat, but they also make great pictures.

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Playful polar bears have fun with mum as they frolic in the snow

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Pictures of the day: 5 February 2014

A lucky photographer has managed to photograph these adorable images of the playful first moments in the lives of young polar bear cubs in Manitoba, Canada... Picture: Thomas Kokta/Caters

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International Polar Bear Day: Amazing images of the Arctic predator

Safe and secure: A polar bear cub nuzzles up to its mother against a gorgeous sunset

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Females den by digging into deep snow drifts, which provide protection and insulation from the Arctic elements. They give birth in winter, usually to twins. Young cubs live with their mothers for some 28 months to learn the survival skills of the far north. Females aggressively protect their young, but receive no help from their solitary male mates. In fact, male polar bears may even kill young of their species.

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Polar bear cub Lili melts hearts as she makes her debut at Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany | Daily Mail Online

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