Thursday, 22 October 2009

True Colours Thursday - GREEN!

With still no GREEN Hug member, I was once again struggling.
Polly Pola, pointed out her favourite story book had a GREEN cover...But, I thought I needed something more substantial.
So, when Mother was not hogging the laptop, I turned to Google Images.
And after pawing in 'GREEN bear', this was what I found...Shock, horrow!!!
I just had to find out the full story, which meant another Google search!
Discovered this press release from 2007...
"Three normally white polar bears at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens in central Japan changed their colour in July after swimming in a pond with an overgrowth of algae.
The sight of GREEN polar bears prompted many questions from visitors concerned about the animals welfare!
In a statement made by Zoo official Masami Kurobe, he said 'High Summer temperatures & less-frequent water changes because of the zoo's conservation efforts caused an algae growth in the bear pond & safety moat. And, algae that enters hollow spaces in the bears' fur, is hard to rinse off. The bears are expected to return to their natural colour when the growth subsides in November.'"

Mmm, very interesting!

Do hope, he was telling the truth as Polly Pola was most distraught.


Maggie and Mitch said...

We've never seen a green polar bear before, Woodstock! How very strange!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Interesting little tidbit!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

BJ Roan said...

Oh Woodstock, that poor bear. However, it was nice of him to give you an interesting green to post this week.
Aunt BJ

Buttons the Bear said...

Hi Woodstock,

Hummm, must be like when some blond haired people swim in chlorinated swimming pools. It turns their hair sort of greenish. They have to use a special shampoo right after swimming to prevent it. Have you ever shampooed a polar bear?

Ahhhh! Maybe he's part Irish? His picture would be great for St. Patty's Day don't you think?


Mack and Sally Ann said...

Green Bears wow, I have never seen those before.
Charlie Bear

TwoSpecialWires said...

Hmmm. We're wondering if we would turn green if we swam in our pond, since it is full of algae at this time of year. We don't think we'll try to find out ... just wonder. What do you think?

Jake and Fergi