Rare grizzly-polar bear hybrid caught in Canada

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Rare Grizzly-Polar Bear Hybrid Caught In Canada

A rare animal is attracting the attention of scientists, reports National Geographic.

According to the Washington Post, the grizzly-polar bear hybrid made news last week after a hunter shot and killed one in northern Canada.

A photo posted to his Facebook page shows the bear with a large head, white fur, and dark brown paws.

It has since been confirmed through DNA testing that the creature had a grizzly father and a polar bear mother.

This isn't the first time such an animal, often called a grolar bear or a pizzly bear, has been spotted, as three other sightingshave been reported in the past 10 years.

However, scientists note that it is a rare occurrence because "Both species require an extended mating ritual to reproduce," according to National Geographic.

While some attribute the interbreeding to climate change causing territories to overlap, others discount this link.

Ian Stirling, a polar bear expert, notes that grizzly bears have been spotted in the country's northern regions for decades.

See photos of grizzly bears and polar bears below:

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Polar bear cub Lili and mother Valeska examine the surroundings of their enclosure at the 'Zoo am Meer' in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Lili was born in the zoo on Dec. 11, 2015. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
Polar bear cub Lili and mother Valeska examine the surroundings of their enclosure at the 'Zoo am Meer' in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Lili was born in the zoo on Dec. 11, 2015. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP)
Polar bears are reflected in the water during the cold winter weather at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Victoria the polar bear with her birthday cake made from ice and fish, as she along with two other polar bears, Arktos and Walker, celebrated their winter birthdays at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.
A female grizzly bear is shown at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
FILE - This July 6, 2011 file photo shows a grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Biologists counted more grizzly bear deaths in or removals from the Yellowstone region in 2015 than any year in recent memory but arenÂt worried about the species long-term survival in the area. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)
Kootenai the grizzly bear roams his pen, at Denver Zoo, which was closed to the public due to extreme cold, in Denver Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country has brought bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
This Aug. 2, 2012 photo provided by Wolves of the Rockies shows a grizzly bear near the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Three states, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, are getting ready for the possible return of grizzly bear hunting in the Rocky Mountains for the first time in four decades. The three states are coordinating their plans. Montana releases an outline for its hunting regulations on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Marc Cooke/Wolves of the Rockies via AP)
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