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  Polar bears could die out
Updated 14 May 2002, 17.44

Polar bears could be extinct within 60 years, according to experts.

They believe that global warming will wipe out the creatures and only a handful - those in zoos - will remain.

  Click here for our Guide to Endangered Animals

Climate changes are threatening the Arctic ice pack where the bears live and that could disappear by about 2060.

Fact File
Bear facts
Polar bears usually have 2 cubs
In the wild they live to 15-18 years
Males weigh about 120 stone
They mainly eat seals which they can smell from 35 miles away
Their fur isn't actually white, it just has no pigment

The pack ice is essential to the bears because they cannot survive on dry land.

And the ice is thinning so quickly that bears will be forced to find food on land.

The report, which looks into the bear's future, is due to be published next week by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

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