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Nanulak

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Species
Family
Unnamed male polar bear (Father), Unnamed female Grizzly bear (Mother), Unnamed half-siblings
Book Appearance

Nanulak (nan-oo-lak) is a young male grolar bear. He has the body shape of a polar bear, brown fur, large brown eyes, and long claws with fur on his paw pads.

History



Seekers: Return to the Wild

Island of Shadows

Nanulak was found alone by Lusa, Toklo, Kallik, and Yakone on the Island of Shadows. He tells the other bears that his mother and half-siblings drove him out because they didn't have enough food, and the white bears hated him for being half white bear and half grizzly.
He joins the group, and Toklo is happy to have a bear needing his protection once again. However, Ujurak appears in the bears' dreams, hinting that Nanulak isn't what he seems. Toklo refuses to listen to Ujurak and takes care of Nanulak, even after Lusa tells him Nanulak refused to help her when she had her paw stuck and Nanulak "accidentally" pushed Kallik, nearly resulting in her falling off a cliff.
When they run into a family of grolar bears, Nanulak acts upset. Ujurak tells Toklo to go where they met Nanulak, and finally, turning a deaf ear to Nanulak's protesting, the group heads there. There, Yakone spots a group of White bears, and to everyone's shock, Nanulak insists they head there. They go, and Nanulak points out a large male, saying he hurt him and asks Toklo to fight him. Toklo accuses the White Bear of fighting cubs and he denies.
After they fight the bear gives in, but Nanulak rushes out of his hiding place, telling Toklo to kill him. The bear recognizes Nanulak and he is revealed to be Nanulak's father. The Seekers finally know the truth: Nanulak ran away, hating his parents because he was half and half. Before they can do anything, Nanulak's mother arrives with his half-siblings, though Nanulak growls and tells them that he hates them both. Toklo tells Nanulak that he will not abandon his friends to travel with him, as real friends tell the truth. Nanulak gets furious and leaves, running into the mountains.

The Melting Sea

Nanulak is mentioned in Toklo's thoughts, and Toklo is glad that Nanulak wasn't with them.




Trivia

  • Nanulak was mistakenly called a grizzly bear by Kallik in Island of Shadows.
  • Nanulak's name is also what grolar bears are also known as.
  • His name is a mixture of "nanuk" which means polar bear in Inuktitut; and "aklak" which means grizzly bear in Inuktitut.[1]
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