This Footage Of A Starving Polar Bear Will Wrench Your Heart

Khryss | Published 2017-12-21 23:47

Now go thank climate change for ruining your day and continually killing species.

Taken by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen in the Baffin Islands, Canada, the video shows a polar bear dragging its bony legs on dry land--yep, no ice. You can see it move painstakingly, slowly for its fragile legs are weakened by muscle atrophy. Desperately, it reached out to the bin and searched for food but to no luck--a simple act that has exhausted the poor animal. Finally, it gave in and slumped to the ground.

“When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death. This is what a starving bear looks like," Nicklen said in an interview with National Geographic.

Bears actually usually go months without food, waiting for their seal preys to return when the ice solidify. The problem, however, is that the climate change prolongs this fasting season, leaving them weak and starving.

"WELL, THE PHOTOGRAPHER COULD'VE DONE SOMETHING INSTEAD OF JUST FILMING IT, RIGHT?!" you might say. Sadly, it's illegal to feed polar bears in Canada, and even then how do you expect him to have seal meat on hand? But then again, even so, do you expect some piece of meat to sustain the dying creature in the long run? Think about that.

That's actually why he filmed it--he doesn't want the bear to die in vain. He wants to show the world what he saw with the hopes of conveying a larger and startling message about the Earth warming.

"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 bears and entire polar ecosystems,” wrote Nicklen, also a filmmaker with the conservation group Sea Legacy, on his Instagram. “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."

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