Social media users were horrified by a video with a dying bear
MOSCOW, 9 Dec — RIA Novosti. Users of social networks are actively discussing the video with a starving polar bear, captured on the canadian island of Baffin island.
The bear was discovered by representatives of the environmental organization Sea Legacy. It is seen that skinny beast barely moved, looking for food in the garbage and not finding anything edible, exhausted, falls to the ground.
“We stood there and cried,” says photographer Paul Niklen who posted the video on his page in Instagram.
My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose polar bears and entire ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact [email protected] or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”
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In comments to the video he said that the bear will definitely die within a few days or even hours after the shooting. He also stressed that his group would be unable to save him.
“It’s a heartbreaking scene that I still can’t get out of my head, but I know that we must share and beautiful, and sad, to break the wall of indifference,” writes Nickle.
The reason why the bear is so starved were the consequences of global warming draws attention to the photographer. In recent years, winter in this part of the Arctic has decreased, and sea ice are melting earlier than usual.
Because of this, the bears can’t hunt sea lions and walruses and do not accumulate enough food to survive winter hibernation, said Nickle.