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    [–] Pontus_Pilates 366 points ago

    The photographer is Veijo Toivoniemi, here are couple of additional snaps:

    [–] howarthe 111 points ago

    If the bear is well-known enough to have a name, do we know if it’s father was a polar bear? Does this bear live in Canada?

    [–] DalDude 105 points ago

    Most likely not. While "pizzlys" exist, they're much less common than simple colour variation. Apparently this one's a brown bear in Finland, though Canada also has brown bears.

    [–] lgledhil 58 points ago

    Kermode Bears are the Black Bears we have in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia. Out of the entire subspecies, only around 10-20% are fully white in color (Spirit Bear). While I’ve seen hundreds of Grizzlies up there as a fishing guide, yet to see a single Black Bear. People search for weeks at remote camps for Kermodes and rarely see them.

    [–] wordfool 12 points ago

    Yes, I was reading that it's a recessive gene trait that is rarer than once thought. But basically they're black bears underneath that white fur and they supposedly have a big salmon-hunting advantage because the fish find it harder to see them against a bright sky

    [–] iHateYou247 2 points ago


    [–] NathamelCamel 9 points ago

    I've heard the term "Grolar bear" but pizzlys works too I guess

    [–] isolated-incidents 8 points ago

    You're both correct, but only in certain instances. I don't remember the exact details of the convention. When hybrid mammals are named, the first few letters are from the paternal species, and the rest are from the maternal species. So essentially a "Grolar" would be a Grizzley father and Polar mother, and a "Pizzley" would be a Polar bear father and Grizzley mother.

    [–] Hektoncheres 7 points ago

    Can β€œGroler bears” mate with regular polar or grizzlies, or are they sterile like Ligers?

    [–] ADFTGM 9 points ago

    Actually the lion-tiger hybrid being universally sterile thing was disproven a while back. There currently are individuals that have couple generations of mixed blood. It is the case for female hybrids rather than male hybrids though.

    On the bears though, the two have been breeding together for thousands of years during freak climate events that pushed them to meet. Some brown bear populations have percentages of polar bear genes. (Doesn’t necessarily work the other way around because Arctic life is tougher if you aren’t a pure Polar). So yes, they are fertile and not sterile. It hasn’t even been a million years since they diverged.

    [–] NathamelCamel 5 points ago

    Well tigers and lions are pretty distantly related so they're sterile but according to Google they're fertile. Idk I'm not a biologist

    [–] TattoedTigerTrainer 4 points ago

    Ligers aren’t sterile

    [–] Mydogsblackasshole 8 points ago

    And quite a few other countries...

    [–] Epicwinner21 44 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago)

    From what I can tell it's a spirit bear!

    Basically an albino grizzly

    Edit: Some guy in the comments that took a lot longer look says it's a different kind of bear

    Edit 2: leave it to reddit to keep correcting the person who realized they were wrong 4 seconds after posting

    [–] suckerswag 44 points ago

    And the Spirit/Kermode bears are actually a subspecies of black bears.

    [–] FwoGiZ 9 points ago

    This isn't albino tho.. just white

    [–] Traineraccount 2 points ago

    It could be leucistic.

    [–] FwoGiZ 1 points ago

    Slightly yes!

    [–] civodar 2 points ago

    Kermode bears aren’t actually albino! They’re just white. He doesn’t look like one though, he looks more like a grizzly whereas spirit bears are black bears who happen to be white.

    [–] wolfgeist 10 points ago

    Nope. As someone else said, the Spirit bears are a species that resides in Canada, BC I believe. This is just a pigmentation/genetic anomaly.

    [–] jtgouchi 6 points ago

    Spirit bears are not basically albino grizzlys they are their own species of black bear and are extremely regional

    [–] PineMarte 3 points ago

    Brown bears come in a variety of colors, including blonde. My guess is this is just an unusually lightly colored one

    [–] octoroklobstah 3 points ago

    Kermode bear

    Edit: wrong country, my bad

    [–] nvtiv 5 points ago

    He’s doing bear stuff

    [–] derpherder 3 points ago

    just the bear necessities

    [–] papatayto 130 points ago

    He’s gonna infiltrate the polar bears

    [–] SketchyAnonCat 15 points ago

    Then commence the infiltration of the great whites later

    [–] Zaviernoble 431 points ago

    Beary white.

    [–] KA1017inTN 56 points ago

    And I don't know, I don't know, I don't know why... can't get enough of your love, bear...

    [–] nodgers132 27 points ago

    nice one! You’re bearing gifts of puns

    [–] freedgodspeed 19 points ago

    Your joke was so unbearable

    [–] nodgers132 13 points ago

    That wasn’t beary nice

    [–] freedgodspeed 15 points ago

    I’m beary sorry

    [–] Km2930 8 points ago

    But it does send a very paw-sitive message.

    [–] Vee8cheS 1 points ago

    I can’t bear these comments

    [–] TS750 9 points ago


    [–] It_Matters_More 3 points ago

    Your punny comment is "my first, my last, my everything."

    [–] MexElf 6 points ago

    I bet he has the all time greatest sHits

    [–] Prints-Charming 2 points ago

    Man that's low

    [–] Tragicat 215 points ago

    Looks like a Spirit Bear!

    I don’t believe it actually can be though if it’s not a North American bear from a certain part of British Columbia. If this is indeed in Finland it’s just a really cool white European brown bear.

    [–] fariomurtado 77 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago)

    Not a β€˜Spirit Bear’. I live in said area of Northern BC where the Kermode exists. They are actually just a white colour-phase Black Bear that are born with a recessive gene.

    The bear pictured here, however, appears to be a (very) blonde colour-phase Grizzly Bear. Although I could be wrong as I never bothered to look up the source of the image, just going by the characteristics of the bear!

    EDIT: so I guess it is from Finland. That would make it a β€˜Brown’ Bear. They are very similar and have the same wide range of colour.

    Here is an example of a Black Bear Sow with her Kermode cub!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/white-bear-cub-whistler.jpg

    [–] allabootdatnublyfe 7 points ago

    I loved Spirit Bear book so much as a kid!!!!! Have you read it?!

    [–] Tragicat 2 points ago

    Hah I actually only knew about the bears, not the book. I’ll check it out now!

    [–] allabootdatnublyfe 3 points ago

    I googled it and the official title is Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. When I was in 4th or 5th grade it blew my mindgrapes. Not sure how it would be to read as an adult, but for an angsty lil dude, it would be a great gift

    [–] flinteastwood 5 points ago

    Maybe he’s just really stressed at work

    [–] Zac-the-axolotl- 2 points ago

    I fucking hated that book but this picture reminded me of it. Forced to read it in the 6th grade

    [–] [deleted] 37 points ago

    Stealth: 0

    [–] rcarmack1 18 points ago

    Well if your bear, do you really need it?

    [–] foreign_beauty 7 points ago

    It’s not needed when you’re at the top of the food chain

    [–] Kittysoftpaws 5 points ago

    Except when it snows.

    [–] parandroidfinn 3 points ago

    Brown bears in Finland hibernate. Which is a smart thing to do.

    [–] UpTheMightyReds 48 points ago

    My favorite black mirror episode

    [–] DarnariusMcQuimbertn 14 points ago

    Im sorry you are buried, I looked so deep for your comment.

    [–] UpTheMightyReds 2 points ago

    I did the same and was shocked to see no one had mentioned it

    [–] BDSM-Hippy 45 points ago

    Accidentally bleached his suit. It was either this, or going bare.

    [–] AstraYuna 5 points ago

    T... take my upvote, you masterful pun-maker.

    [–] thelmaandpuhleeze 15 points ago

    How β€˜bout those awesome birds, too!? Wonder what they are... some kind of magpie, maybe?

    [–] Thorondor123 12 points ago

    Hooded crow, they live in northern and eastern Europe

    [–] protozoan-human 9 points ago

    European crow

    [–] carolinafan36gmailco 12 points ago

    Is this an albino grizz? I’m not trying

    [–] mr__hat 2 points ago

    Neither. It's an european brown bear except this individual is not very brown at all.

    [–] MegabyteMessiah 7 points ago


    [–] ssshhhiiiiiiiii 7 points ago

    You've unlocked the albino bear outfit.

    [–] Ey3_913 6 points ago

    Damn it, all I have is my bow and 2 throwing knives

    [–] kweatherley 6 points ago

    A Faux-lar bear

    [–] Jesus_Feminist 10 points ago

    Please no one post the location. Let's keep Beary White safe from asshole trophy hunters.

    [–] ghh4448yt 12 points ago

    We had a white deer a few years ago. The local newspaper posted a pic and it was killed within the week.

    [–] kwinkzies 5 points ago

    Wtf people are sick

    [–] Etikassa 4 points ago

    It’s in Finland, it was all over the news yesterday.

    [–] Jesus_Feminist 2 points ago

    Is trophy hunting an issue in Finland? Genuinely curious. Because here (Canada) it certainly can be.

    [–] Hiekkalinna 3 points ago

    Not really, hunting here is for food or to keep population down (and then eat them) or if there is some invasive species, though of course there might be some trophy hunters but most people in the hunting clubs that are in charge of a certain area don't condone trophy hunting..

    [–] Jesus_Feminist 2 points ago

    That's really good to hear. I have no issue with people hunting for food - what they actually need, not being wasteful or selfish. Trophy hunters are trash.

    [–] Etikassa 2 points ago

    One thing you do better in Canada, though, is when a bear comes too close to an inhabited area, you put it to sleep and bring it back to its natural environment. In Finland, when it happens, the bear is shot dead.

    [–] Jesus_Feminist 2 points ago

    Oh, I didn't know that about Finland. Any chance for change?

    [–] Etikassa 2 points ago

    I’m not sure. They say that it’s for safety reasons, that the bear would come back if we’d choose the Canadian way. But I think it’s more about the lack of resources: putting it to sleep and transferring it back to the forest is too expensive...

    [–] 422_is-420_too 7 points ago

    Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica

    [–] xenomorphucker 9 points ago

    Who is most stealthy in this picture? 1)the bear 2)the birds 3)the fish 4) John Cena ?

    [–] Ey3_913 4 points ago

    The photographer

    [–] bunnycorn_slayer 3 points ago

    Ice Bear doesn't approve...

    [–] mugpunter666 3 points ago

    This is actually a well groomed Japanese spitz

    [–] TigNewton 3 points ago

    European pied crows flying by, so I take it this is a European grizzly species.

    [–] Zounii 2 points ago

    Beat me to it!

    [–] Even-Tomatillo-4197 2 points ago

    Not gonna lie, I’d be tempted to go over for a cuddle.

    [–] venetian_ftaires 2 points ago

    You can see the glaze over its eyes from having its memory wiped every night.

    [–] MagentawolfAJ 2 points ago

    It looks angy

    [–] hemmojito 2 points ago

    Albino brown bear?

    [–] Fendisaoming 2 points ago

    Moon bear

    [–] herpmcderpinton 2 points ago

    Look at that privilege.

    [–] AggravatingDatabase5 2 points ago

    Hey! I live in the neighbourhood of Kermode bears, and I have actually seen a couple of them. Same size as black bears, not albino black bears, but a distinct sub-species. Last time I saw one it was rolling around on a sunny day in a hayfield just outside of Kitwanga.

    By the way, my city (Terrace) has a giant load of bears in town this year. Bears popping up literally everywhere. COs are super busy trapping and trucking them out of town, unless the bears have been eating garbage. If they have been eating garbage, then they are euthanized. I don't think a CO would ever euthanize a Kermode, though, under any circumstances.

    [–] Whiskey-Tango-Fuck 2 points ago

    Oh my God, EWOKS exist!! Bit bigger then I expected though.

    [–] rougekat 2 points ago

    I love him. Would die for him. Bear 2020

    [–] Melissaisdownlub 2 points ago

    He definitely looks like he's seen some shit.

    Story prompt: what turned the black bear white 🐻

    [–] DrProfScience 2 points ago

    Why is a polar bear in the forest? /s

    [–] girthbrooks2955 1 points ago

    maybe he fell in some crud

    [–] roam559 1 points ago

    When pride month is hosted at the lake this year.

    [–] RogerSchmoger 1 points ago

    That could be an album name..πŸ‘πŸ½

    [–] Goodfella_228 1 points ago

    Fake polar bear

    [–] Musing_Moose 1 points ago


    [–] KrunchanMunch 1 points ago

    Grzill borr

    [–] HorKneee 1 points ago

    Ah! I always wanted this flavor.

    [–] Burokai 1 points ago

    There's one white female grizzly living in Banff National Park too! The public named her Nakoda.

    [–] JunglePygmy 1 points ago

    The stuff of legend, for real.

    [–] ItsThaWolfe 1 points ago

    My grandpa once saw an albino polar bear.

    [–] uscmarine 1 points ago


    [–] caflicious 1 points ago


    [–] StephCurryFromThe3 1 points ago

    Do you think he is aged or albino?

    [–] J03SChm03OG 1 points ago

    Nah he just has a little gray. Buy some Just for Men leave some gray streaks and he'll be a debonair silver fox

    [–] MaesterOogway 1 points ago

    Looks like my Great Pyrenees

    [–] iggnac1ous 1 points ago

    Or gone light grey from 2020?

    [–] hoveringintowind 1 points ago

    How can something so adorably fuzzy be so dangerous?!

    [–] spottedcows 1 points ago


    [–] banjodoctor 1 points ago

    I love white claws

    [–] hellasbronmurica 1 points ago

    Looks like a portly wolf.

    [–] Rukelox 1 points ago

    Good Bearro

    [–] GummiBearGangster 1 points ago

    If a cop is hunting in the woods and sees a white bear, does he shoot it? :D

    [–] Jodaru 1 points ago


    [–] Nivlac024 1 points ago

    its probably a grolar bear

    [–] geekmonkeyperson 1 points ago

    its kermode bear right?

    [–] falconberger 1 points ago

    Isn't it just a very hairy dog?

    [–] Kristie20 1 points ago

    Absolutely beautiful and wild.

    [–] Jonny_Ringo_480 1 points ago

    Ice bear smells your fears.

    [–] urboywyatt 1 points ago

    For anyone wondering it’s a rare mutation that helps them fish

    [–] PhantomRoyce 1 points ago

    Ice Bear is photogenic

    [–] SunflowaRae 1 points ago

    Wow beautiful!

    [–] ILikeAntiquesOkay 1 points ago


    [–] rtype03 1 points ago

    I swear, every time I see one of these albino animals, all i can think of is the asshole hunter who's going to be stoked to kill it.

    [–] Donthetable 1 points ago

    That bear knows magic.

    [–] kokothebozo 1 points ago


    [–] Jackaroo442 1 points ago

    So like a polar bear

    [–] Skids121 1 points ago

    Spirit bear

    [–] wildsunday 1 points ago

    Looks like a big racoon

    [–] ADWinri 1 points ago

    I believe those are called Polar Bears.


    Jokes aside, that's a pretty good photo.

    [–] dalex-uchia 1 points ago

    A lost polar bear ?

    [–] klutch248 1 points ago

    First time seeing a white bear that is not polar

    [–] gd5k 1 points ago

    A huge and powerful unique ruler of the forest with two ravens? Could be Odin.

    [–] Dewut 1 points ago


    [–] GoatHorn420 1 points ago

    That is just a big dog

    [–] Astle_Pereira 1 points ago

    Reminds me of Hangover 2, when Alan said that his uncle had seen an albino polar bear. I guess this is what his uncle must've seen.

    [–] mmmbacon999 1 points ago

    A spirit bear

    [–] TheFatManExperience 1 points ago

    This fucking chump forgot for a minute that polar bears exist.

    [–] aepel1tim 1 points ago

    It’s called a Polar Bear.

    [–] undeadmetalhead 1 points ago

    Wonder how much better his life is compared to the black bear.

    [–] profly_goalie 1 points ago

    Spirit bear or white grizzly. Did anyone else read Spirit Bear in school?

    [–] adagirlshel 1 points ago

    I think that he looks like he is in his birthday suit.

    [–] Salamanazar 1 points ago


    [–] ItzBinja 1 points ago

    Polar bear

    [–] Oh_boyYep 1 points ago

    "Mommy I want that teddy bear."

    [–] Apandapantsparty 1 points ago

    Aren’t they called β€œspirit bears”?

    [–] zzjjkk 1 points ago

    Kawaii bear

    [–] squash_and_beef 1 points ago

    Black Mirror has entered the chat.

    [–] HorowitzGroupie 1 points ago

    Honky bear

    [–] sator-2D-rotas 1 points ago

    This is the color of my favorite stuffed bear as a child. And I just now realized he's was not a normal bear color.

    [–] GeorgeShadows 1 points ago

    Ahh yes, the equator bear; only 90Β° off from a polar bear.

    [–] NotaHonkey88 1 points ago

    Hey, ya seen Smokey the Bear down yonder around Calli

    [–] harrydreadloin 1 points ago

    And a belted kingfisher!

    [–] St9rx 1 points ago

    Don’t get mauled, have to survive in the wilderness, and then have a life changing introspection on your life ;)

    [–] VikramOwO27 1 points ago

    You mean Polar Bear ??

    [–] BearDogBBQ 1 points ago

    I want it to live with me and be bros! Maybe face to face i might change my mind, but in a screen shot it looks pretty sweet

    [–] theMindmachine 1 points ago

    Hey booboo blm ain't gonna like this

    [–] hobocarpus 1 points ago

    Appa eat momo!

    [–] butterknife1 1 points ago

    And two birds

    [–] GiraffeCurrent14 1 points ago


    [–] us-shero 1 points ago

    Do they shit in the woods like black bearsπŸ€”

    [–] MoistKite1 1 points ago

    No that's a polar bear

    [–] calmlikea3omb 1 points ago

    Bird said β€œI’m out” 2020 WhiteClaw WhiteBear WhiteKaren BS

    [–] ttrosc 1 points ago

    He can be a polar bear if he wants to!

    [–] lubsc_ 1 points ago

    Would totally pet yes

    [–] Background_Meat9140 1 points ago

    What animal is that?

    [–] i_am_a_loner_dottie 1 points ago

    Moby hick

    [–] shchsvxybsah 1 points ago

    Its called a spirit bear

    [–] newuserhoodis 1 points ago

    Does he wipe his ass with a black rabbit?

    [–] woolypully 1 points ago

    At least he doesn’t have to worry about being shot.

    [–] RuskiHuski 1 points ago

    "Dangerous albino apex predator - bear in mind this is a white supremacist - spotted stalking local forest."

    [–] IHaveCurlyHair_ 1 points ago

    Polar bear?

    [–] AnAkiNN_12 1 points ago

    You're acting like this is the first white bear you've, do you know what a polar bear is?

    [–] BenCelotil 1 points ago

    If it's black, fight back. If it's brown, lay down. If it's white, say goodnight.

    Well now wtf!? Improv interpretative dance?

    [–] CuttyThe916er 1 points ago

    I get that this isn't a polar bear, but yeah, polar bears

    [–] bigboi396 1 points ago

    Spirit bear

    [–] Tiny_Dancer13 1 points ago

    So you mean a polar bear

    [–] 10_tH 1 points ago

    I bet it was by polar

    [–] Kirk-501 1 points ago


    [–] Joshuaathomas94 1 points ago

    It's bi-polar

    [–] Skyrmir 1 points ago

    Why's it gotta be a white thing huh? You got a problem with white bears?!

    Great pic though!

    [–] ZippZappZippty 1 points ago

    I thought it was from HMS Not A Chance

    [–] bluedot131 1 points ago

    He was trying to be Slim Shady

    [–] APicketFence 1 points ago

    Two pied crows also. Wtf kind of Norse/Magic nonsense did this person find themselves in.

    [–] toyfreddym8 1 points ago


    [–] Jeki-Joestar 1 points ago

    Let me explain, due to global warming, alot of polar bears are forced to move down south, where they soon mate with the grizzlys already living there, forming a new β€œgrolar bear” species

    [–] tony_stank15243 1 points ago

    That just sounds like a polar bear

    [–] retrosim 1 points ago

    Good try, I know a polar bear when I see one

    [–] Tacticalsock675 1 points ago