Starving Polar Bear’s Last Hours Captured in Heartbreaking Video
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.
The polar bear is barely able to walk because of muscle atrophy, yet he continues to scrounge for food. He rummages through a trashcan used by Inuit fishers and comes across an old snowmobile seat. He finds nothing to eat and lies down on the ground exhausted and on his deathbed.
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.
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.
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