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Polar bear struggles with best selfie look on remote Wrangel Island

By The Siberian Times reporter
16 January 2018

Inquisitive beasts are intrigued by camera traps but pictures have mixed results.

Determined polar bear was caught possibly seeking to improve its selfie skills. Picture: Ulyana Babiy

This remote outpost boasts the highest density of polar bears in the world, almost 600 at the last count. 

And some of the animals on this icy island are curious about the strange structures erected by man to monitor them and their territory.

Bear makes selfie


Bear makes selfie

Some of the animals on this icy island are curious about the strange structures erected by man to monitor them and their territory. Pictures: Ulyana Babiy

Staff from Wrangel’s nature reserve use camera traps and temperature measuring equipment on the island, between the East Siberian and Chuckchi seas. 

Some examples of polar bear selfies  - as they get up close to the photo traps - are shown here. 

One fearsome image highlights a bear's muzzle from the underside. 

Bear makes selfie


Bear makes selfie


Bear makes selfie

Some examples of polar bear selfies  - as they get up close to the photo traps - are shown here. Pictures: Wrangel Island Nature Reserve

And a remarkable video shows a determined polar bear possibly seeking to improve its selfie skills. 

The only trouble is this box atop a post is a weather monitoring point rather than a similar looking camera trap. 

Still, the auto-filmed video showing this scene is really entertaining.

Comments (5)

Say, "cheese".

"Who's a pretty boy, then?"
Jaker, Dundalk
19/01/2018 04:25
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@ Jessica OY (Taiwan Reporter) please, contact us news@siberiantimes.com
Alexander, The SiberianTimes,
18/01/2018 15:10
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Hi, I am a reporter with Taiwan News here in Taipei, Taiwan. We'd like to do a mandarin version of this polar bear selfie story. I wonder if we can use the polar bears photos for free. We will surely credit Ulyana Babiy and the Siberiantimes. Hope to hear from you soon.
Jessica OY (Taiwan Reporter), Taiwan
18/01/2018 15:05
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It was on July 29, 1901 that the United States Board on Geographic Names fixed the spelling of this island as “Wrangell Island”. The name on August 12, 1881 was “New Columbia Land” when 3rd Lt. William Edward Reynolds, USRM, annexed the land for the United States Government under a sua sponte order of Captain Calvin L. Hooper, USRM of the ship THOMAS CORWIN. On May 17, 1884, Major Ezra W. Clark, declared that Wrangell
Island was part of the District of Alaska under the terms of Harrison Alaska Organic Act. Alaska became a US Territory on August 24, 1912. On April 1, 1924, Wrangell Island was owned by the Lomen Brothers Company of
Nome, Alaska.
Mark Seidenberg, Fresno, CA, USA
17/01/2018 11:37
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a selfie, the -bear- necessities these days, easy to understand...
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
16/01/2018 20:24
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