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Peter the Polar bear

Peter the Polar bear Ursus maritimusPeter the Polar Bear is one of the Ulster Museum's most popular exhibits and is on display in the Window on Our World (Nature Zone).  

When he died in August 1972 he was presented to the Ulster Museum by Belfast Zoo.

He was carefully prepared and mounted for display by the museum’s taxidermist Robert Davey and model maker Sam Anderson. Peter weighed over 360kg and is the largest animal ever mounted in Northern Ireland.

Polar bears are the largest of the bear family and are the largest land predator. They feed mainly on seals.

Accession number: Lh787

Image: Polar bear Ursus maritimus (click image to enlarge).