Heartbreaking video shows emaciated polar bear struggling to survive

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A heartbreaking video of an emaciated polar bear is going viral online.

The video, shot by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, was taken in Canada inside the Arctic Circle.

It shows the starving bear struggling to walk, scavenging for anything to eat. Nicklen said he didn’t want the bear to die in vain.

In the days since he posted the footage, Nicklen said he’s been asked why he didn’t intervene.

“Of course, that crossed my mind,” Nicklen told National Geographic. “But it’s not like I walk around with a tranquilizer gun or 400 pounds of seal meat.”

Plus, in Canada, feeding polar bears is illegal. That doesn’t mean Nicklen wasn’t affected.

“We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks,” he said.

The video also has definitely struck a nerve with those who have viewed it, prompting a steady conversation about the sensitive topic of global warming.

Experts say the half-ton bears find large quantities of seals on sea ice. They’re even used to not having food for several months during the summer while they wait for the ice to form again.

But warming temperatures and rising seas have prevented the ice from solidifying, and polar bears are staying longer on the land looking for food, often times with little success, environmentalists say.

“When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death,” Nicklen told National Geographic. “This is what a starving bear looks like.”

 

14 comments

  • Richard Erdman

    This is ONE bear. I’m sure it’s not the first nor is it the norm. How about we go look at all the OTHER polar bears who are quite healthy? So one out of oh I dunno let’s just say 3000 bears is in a bad way PROVES the global warming hoax? Now do the math here (and DON’T use common core) and we get .003% of bears in a bad way. HUGE percentage. Pffffffft

  • Joey Z

    In other news, authorities have discovered a fallen tree which is claimed to be evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia…

  • cheap tightwad

    While watching a documentary they said polar bears have webbed feet and they can swim for dozens of miles, Following the show was an ad saying the polar bears were drowning. Then I did a little research and found that 100 miles was not uncommon and the longest recorded swim was 400 miles.

  • Juan W.

    really, WNEP. Maybe old and sick ? and not the hoax of man made climate change caused by republicans and Trump and Trump voters ?

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    It’s called nature.

    It could be old and sick.

    Not necessarily because of my unleaded puffin 6 cyl.

    Someday we will all be facing the same fate.

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