Wandering through the Toronto Zoo's new Arctic Tundra area, I decided to slip behind some small buildings which I know look out over the back (and often less visited) part of the polar bear exhibit on the off chance that one of them would actually be active. Normally when I visit the bears are napping but on this day, I was rewarded with an unobstructed view of this big guy loping along a muddy trail. What amazed me most about this scene, aside from the sheer size of the bear itself (the largest species of bear in the world) was the loud, distinct sucking sound his huge paws made as he stepped along the muddy path.

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