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Video of starving polar bear goes viral






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A video of a starving polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has gone viral on the Internet. The bear is in search of food. It looks in rusty waste containers as it wanders across land with no snow. The bear is nothing but skin and bones. It is too weak to support its own body weight and has difficulty standing. A photographer stated that the polar bear's condition was a clear sign of the terrible impact of climate change. He said filming the animal was heart-wrenching. His team were, "pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear".

The photographer's team was in Canada to shoot a documentary on conservation. The bear they filmed was not old. It probably died within hours. He said: "This is what starvation looks like….It's a slow, painful death." He blamed the bear's sad condition on global warming. He said: "As temperatures rise and sea ice melts, polar bears lose access to the main staple of their diets - seals." Climate change is the biggest threat to the world’s 26,000 polar bears. Bears are starving, and running out of energy. They have to go into areas where humans live to look for food.

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