April 26, 2010
This week, we have a story written by Rick N., from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Rick has recently been enrolled in literacy classes at Thunder Bay Literacy Group Adult Learning Centre.
Polar bears are the most dangerous land animals in the world. The polar bear has an exceptional sense of smell. The Ursus Maritimus can detect a human 20 kilometers away; they can sense a seal's breathing hole in 90 cm of thick snow. The white fur of the polar bear is excellent camouflage for hiding in snow. A male polar bear can weigh up to 2100 lbs. In addition, it can reach a speed of 40 kilometers an hour (25 miles per hour). Ursus Maritimus is the largest land carnivore in the world.
[This story was taken with permission from Plain Language, May 2008, published by the Thunder Bay Literacy Group Adult Learning Centre.]