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Photographer Captures Rare ‘Spirit’ Black Bear With White Coat

White fur isn’t a smart idea unless you live in a totally white world. If the arctic fox, for example, were to go to Florida, it would almost surely perish at the hands of the state’s many deadly predators. In the same way, a black bear’s lifespan is severely reduced if it acquires two copies of a recessive gene for a white coat. This is due to the higher likelihood that predators such as wolves and grizzly bears may choose them as a meal.

Jenny Stevens is 77 years old and works as a photographer. In recent times, he has been successful in capturing the Kermode bear, which is also referred to as the “spirit” bear. The Great Bear Rainforest, which is located in British Columbia, Canada, along the Pacific coast, is home to a population of the very uncommon black bear.

Many people think the bear is an albino because of its unusual appearance, however, this is not the case. This very rare occurrence takes place when a pair of black bears with recessive genes (similar to the genes that cause humans to have blue eyes) unite and give birth to a white cub.

Stevens employed all Nikon gear, including a Nikon 200-400mm lens that was mounted to his camera, in addition to a monopod for support throughout the process of photographing this bear. It is well known that the spirit bear, often known as the “ghost bear,” is an important emblem in Native American culture. Moreover, it has been named the official animal of British Columbia. Have a look at some of its breathtaking photographs in the gallery below.

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