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A polar bear lunges out of the chilly water to catch a fish during feeding time at the Hanover Zoo in Germany on Feb. 8.

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Polar bear feeding time

A polar bear lunges out of the chilly water to catch a fish during feeding time Feb. 8 at the Hanover Zoo in Germany.

Temperatures plunged to extreme lows in Europe during a February cold snap that lasted two weeks. While this was welcome weather for polar bears, the chill claimed hundreds of human lives — many of them homeless.