I've just found out that a polar bear has a top ground speed of at least 25 miles per hour or around 40 kilometres per hour, either way that's fast.
Given that there aren't very many trees at the South Pole for heroic explorers to climb very quickly I am now starting to have second doubts.... answers on a postcard entitled 'how to look suitably heroic on occasions of imminent danger' will be gratefully accepted by at least one member of the team.
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