Starved polar bear found in Norway
A record amount of Arctic ice melted in the past year, forcing polar bears to travel further in search of food. Some never find it.
Polar bear cub walking on snowless ridge, Svalbard, Norway (© Duane Miller/Getty Images)
A 16-year-old male polar bear was found dead in Northern Svalbard, Norway and experts say climate change is to blame. According to a report in The Guardian, the polar bear died due to a record Arctic ice melt that severely reduced its normal hunting grounds.
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Dr. Ian Stirling of Polar Bears International says the lack of ice forced the bear to travel further to find food. "From his lying position in death, the bear appears to simply have starved and died where he dropped," Stirling said. "He had no external suggestion of any remaining fat, having been reduced to little more than skin and bone."
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Lack of sea ice is a big problem for polar bears. Research shows that diminishing sea ice is seriously harming polar bear populations. While it's controversial to blame a single event on climate change, experts say the problem is affecting a lot more than just one bear. Of the 12 polar bear populations currently being observed, eight are declining.
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"The threat of habitat loss from climate change ... could lead to the demise of one of the world's most iconic animals," said Jeff Flocken, of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. "This would be a true tragedy."
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Yeah, yeah; I can hear you now - "It isn't people; the warming and cooling of the planet has happened before", "The survival of humans is more important than the survival of any other species; because we are superior...", and "Who cares? It isn't affecting me; species go extinct all the time..."
Those of you who actually believe that; are far dumber than a rock... (I must apologize for insulting the rock). Sadly; we will all pay for the ignorance of the closed-minded fools.
Climate change has occurred in the past; and more than once - the difference between then and now is that it is happening so much more rapidly; that nature's creatures are not getting the time to adapt... instead; they are suffering and dying off. But wait; it's no big deal because they are just dumb animals, right? (sarcasm) Life is life - regardless of whether it has fur, feathers, scales, or human flesh. Our flora and fauna companions are just as important to survival as we believe we are.
I had to look it up. Polar Bears live 15-20 years in the wild. Seems like the old guy's time was up.