Heartbreaking video shows emaciated polar bear struggling to survive

Instead of feeding it, or putting it out of it’s misery, they followed it for days taking photos and video. Greens are real compassionate.:roll_eyes:

And I heard no necropsy was performed,
that way none can say what was really making the bear sick.

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It is illegal to feed a polar bear in Canada, and one meal would have prolonged its suffering. The article does explain why he didn’t intervene and doesn’t specify him videoing the bear for days.

How do you know it was days?

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Couldn’t they have clubbed some baby seals, and left them as a snack?

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Do you see baby seals lying around? Or mama seals? Or any seal in the video?

There were probably hundreds of thousands of baby seals … you just cannot see what is immediately off camera. [That is the problem with video … if something is six inches off camera, you can’t see it.]

Then why didn’t he eat any? And was looking in the garbage?

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Then nor should you speculate it would seem if you can’t see it.

I think he was holding out.

He could get $15,000 for his hide.

OF COURSE the baby seals were framed out of the shot, :movie_camera::
along with the ‘hunger strike’ protest sign the bear was behind! :sign: :speech_balloon:

Seriously though, starvation is a primary killer of all animals in the wild, usually it’s the old or young that are out competed for food by their mates.

In this case it’s completely dishonest to find one bear and claim it’s symptomatic of anything. This is when bears should be at their fattest, if there was a problem then we would see large numbers of starving bears.

A necropsy would have revealed what was wrong with the poor guy, and it wouldn’t show ‘climate change’ as the culprit.

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I have an issue with the “message” being sent.

I live in an area where it is FREQUENT for deer to become severely overpopulated and be completely emaciated, run in the street, kill acres of trees in a preserve by eating off the bark.

They look terrible, and it’s sad…but people don’t realize it’s because the went and killed off the mountian lions that were eating them all.

Or chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons and bunnies get emaciated and start getting into homes and garbage and eating everything…because the foxes and other predators were killed because someone’s pomeranian got eaten. Or because a hawk’s nest was destroyed.

Or because the foxes had several litters and ate all the chipmunks, rabbits, voles and squirrels until there were simply no more. At my old house, we would have a “bunny year” followed by a “fox year” followed by a year of almost no animals. Rinse. Repeat.

If the seals aren’t simply off-camera, then that begs bigger questions of where they are? Is this a naturally occurring cycle where the polar bears had too many babies, ate all the seals and now a few are dying because the natural ecosystem can’t tolerate it, or is it really because of human intervention?

We aren’t getting the whole picture with the footage of one, lone bear.

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If global warming was really, truly a problem, then the camera crew should have filmed (or taped) three or four THOUSAND starving polar bears.

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Might not have even been starvation as we think of it. Animals sometimes get what the veterinarians call “hardware disease”. They eat something absolutely indigestible (usually something man-made) that can’t pass through their digestive system, and they just die of starvation because their digestive tract can’t work anymore.

I recall reading, too, that eskimos used to wind up a piece of stiff sinew, sharpened on both ends, and wrap it tightly with seal fat and let it freeze, then leave it out for some polar bear to swallow whole. When the fat got digested, the “spring” sprung open, punctured the bear’s stomach, killing it slowly. Might not be any eskimos around where that bear died, but some people just don’t want them around because they’re mankillers.

I’ve never heard of a bunny getting into a home. Gardens yes.

It seems that the seal population depends on ice. They rest on the ice. If the ice is too far away, polar bears can’t swim to them to eat.

When animals are overpopulated they get desperate. Granted, bunnies are not very good at getting into spaces as climbing animals, but they can get into crawl “sub-terranean” spaces, (like under mobile homes) garages, etc and do a lot of damage.

Predators move with their prey. With only one bear in the picture, it’s impossible to draw conclusions. Is this bear elderly and demented? Is this bear young and stupid? Is this bear staying where he knows because of a mate? Or an injury? Is his route to the ice cut off by humans? By other bears who have fought for the territory?

Polar Bears are supposed to follow the ice. They are migratory. The question here is “why didn’t he follow the ice” not “why is there no ice”

Terrible that no one explained the rules to the polar bears.

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That they are supposed to follow the ice?

Polar bears can smell prey for many many miles.

And they can swim enormous distances.

They can swim hundreds of miles.

Which begs the question, why was this bear so far from its natural hunting grounds? Was it ill? Was it accustomed to eating food from humans? Ice moves, regardless of climate change. The video only shows a lost and sick bear and makes assumptions…biased ones at that.

Someone should go and interview the polar bear.

Inquiring minds want to know.

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