Sure and begorrah, polar bears are as Irish as the Irish jig.
“…The Irish brown bear is the mother of all polar bears. At least that’s what a study in the latest version of Current Biology shows.
It turns out that polar bears and brown bears have been crossbreeding throughout the last 100,000 years, according to a research summary published on Current Biology’s website.
The scientist in the DNA study of ancient brown bear bones found that polar bears’ lineage descends from brown bears that lived near Ireland, and that the maternal ancestry likely began prior to or during the last ice age, according to the summary…” Read here: Irish polar bears