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Animal Babies Born On Ice

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Cold-weather condition offspring are a special kind of animal babies. Adult polar bears might grow to reach a potential weight of 1,600 pounds, but as babies, they're playful cubs who embrace snowy banks head-first and are fiercely protected by their mother. When it comes to seal pups, it's all about the blubber. At the one month marker, baby seals are already a whopping 250 pounds—bump that up to 1,000 pounds of lumpy blubber by the time they're adults. The excess weight is necessary for these slippery creatures to survive harsh temperatures, direct skin-to-ice contact and insulation for underwater fishing expeditions. Penguins, too, are avid divers and, as babies, bear the same traits of a healthy fully grown feather coat: shiny, oily and ready to slice through the sea. But as youngsters, penguins junior coats are fluffy and soft, like small down jackets.

These animals are essential to the world's food chain and some of the most astonishing species on Earth—and when they're babies, their adventurous spirit and fluffy coats can't help but inspire. So put on your warmest winter galoshes and arctic-level diving suit as this playlist jumps in alongside some of the cutest animals in the coldest corners of the world.

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When they're not playing, polar bear cubs learn under the watchful eye of their mother.
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BBC Earth presents One Life. Narrated by Daniel Craig, written and directed by Michael Gunton & Martha Holmes. Coming to theaters February 21! Tickets available at http://www.onelifeonscreen.com Visit http://www.bbcearth.com for all the latest animal news and wildlife videos BBC Earth Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bbcearth (ex-UK only) BBC Earth Twitter http://www.twitter.com/bbcearth Subscribe to BBC Earth: http://bit.ly/ydxvrP BBC Earth Channel: http://www.youtube.com/BBCEarth Latest BBC Earth videos: http://bit.ly/y1wtbi
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Young elephant seals enter the water for the first time! Check out more awesome animals! http://animal.discovery.com/animals/#mkcpgn=ytapl1
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Check out this video of baby penguins at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans hatching and experiencing their first moments in the world! | For more APL!VE, visit http://www.apl.tv/#mckpgn=ytapl1 Subscribe to Animal Planet! | http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=animalplanettv
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Hatched in the deep freeze of the Antarctic winter Emperor Penguin chicks must survive the Planet's toughest climate. When they reach adulthood they'll instinctively make one of the Natural World's most astonishingly journeys. Subscribe to Earth Unplugged -- http://goo.gl/VK1MH Amazing Animal Babies is the show that highlights the tough odds that infant creatures have to survive when they are born in the wild. These kids are cute, but they also have to learn vital survival skills quickly in order to flourish. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EarthUnplugged Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/earthunplugged Google+: http://goo.gl/RKq6q http://www.youtube.com/user/EarthUnpluggedTV http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=earthunpluggedtv
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Arctic fox cubs live in one of the harshest environments on Earth. Just a few months after they're born they must be ready to survive in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees celsius. Subscribe to Earth Unplugged -- http://goo.gl/VK1MH Amazing Animal Babies is the show that highlights the tough odds that infant creatures have to survive when they are born in the wild. These kids are cute, but they also have to learn vital survival skills quickly in order to flourish. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EarthUnplugged Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/earthunplugged Google+: http://goo.gl/RKq6q http://www.youtube.com/user/EarthUnpluggedTV http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=earthunpluggedtv
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Part two of the Farne Islands story. Every year the islands welcome approximately 2,000 Arctic Terns. By the time they leave in mid/late August most pairs have successfully reared 1 or 2 chicks. Sometimes the protective parent terns guarding their cute fluffy chicks make life a bit challenging for visitors and the National Trust rangers who live alongside them!
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Found weak and starving on the freezing UK coastline, grey seal pups Mina and Hocken are rescued and given a new lease on life. From: BABY PLANET: Survival Skills http://bit.ly/Unfa3f