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Starving polar bear 'can hardly move', say residents of Norilsk

By The Siberian Times reporter
18 June 2019

Emaciated animal walked 1500km south and away from Arctic Ocean, searching for food.

The polar bear was filmed by teenagers who said they stood some 40 or 50 metres away, and it showed no sign of aggression. Picture: Zapolyarnaya Pravda

We reported yesterday on the polar bear that is believed to have crossed the Taymyr Peninsula and arrived in industrial city Norilsk.

Irina Yarinskaya, photographer of Zapolyarnaya Pravda newspaper, took these amazing pictures of the bear’s odyssey amid the downtown traffic. 

‘He is seriously hunger-bitten, he is hardly able to blink and keep his eyes open, almost unable to walk,’ Irina said.

‘He was lying for a long time, having a rest, then he crossed the road and entered the industrial zone.

‘He went towards the gravel and sand factory first, then he crossed one more road and headed to a dump.’

Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food
This is the first polar bear that walked so far south and got to the city of Norilsk since 1977. Pictures: Zapolyarnaya Pravda, Timur Voronkov


Earlier, the same bear was spotted at Talnakh on the outskirts of Norilsk. 

The animal was filmed by local residents. 

The local Emergency Ministry and police have checked out the animal but due to laws over protecting the endangered species, a decision is required in Moscow on whether the bear can be sedated and afterwards returned to the Arctic coast - or sent to a zoo.

The polar bear was filmed by teenagers who said they stood some 40 or 50 metres away - and the animal showed no signs of aggresssion. 

Anatoly Nikolaychyuk, head of Taymyr department of state hunting control, said: ‘We got as close as twenty metres, and the animal didnt react to the noise of the car. 

‘We decided not to go out of the car - after all polar bears can jump up to 6 metres high. He looks quite healthy, of an average body built. 

‘It is the second time in more than forty years when the polar bear is seen in the city. Last time in 1977 a hungry and aggressive female polar bear reached outskirts of Norilsk.

'It had to be shot because it posed danger to residents.' 

Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food


Starving wild polar bear pictured in Norilsk city streets after walking 1,500 km inland in search of food
This is the first polar bear that walked so far south and got to the city of Norilsk since 1977. Pictures: Zapolyarnaya Pravda, Slava Irina


Estimates vary, but the bear is believed by locals to have walked some 1,500 km to reach the city. 

The animal must have had 'the wrong compass settings’ to be going to far south. 

POLAR BEAR IN NORILSK



Comments (27)

Please treat this with urgency! Get ready to feed and ship him out immediately. Doesn't matter if you throw some food. He will be taken to another, safer place. You all just want him to DIE before your eyes?
Philippa, France
19/06/2019 20:28
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Please save by bringing to a sanctuary. Poor thing.
Rosita Lisboa, United States
19/06/2019 18:08
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Yes, please do feed it. It would be inhumane to watch it die in the risk of it getting aggressive. Authorities could take action after it has been fed.
Jessica Cole, United Kingdom
19/06/2019 16:35
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Someone please help this beautiful animal ...food would be a a gd start? My heart is breaking.
Paula, Uk
19/06/2019 16:00
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Dear Good Wishes! It is all easy to comment about the poor animal being started by the locals while you are sitting at the computer desks thousands of miles away. There is an issue with feeding polar bears in a certain location as they would be drawn to it again and again. it is dangerous even to approach the animal too close. At least there is protection law and some decisions will be made perhaps sooner than some people think.
Ivan, Moscow
19/06/2019 15:45
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There must be an organisation that will rescue this animal... feeding this magnificent bear within the city limits could prove dangerous BUT sedating the bear maybe taking him to a facility (zoo), where veterinarians can attend to his health should be done....
Carla , Australia
19/06/2019 13:38
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Please, someone, feed that bear. How can you stand around and watch this magnificent animal starve to death? In my county, The bear would be fed and caught and transported back to the wild when it was healthy enough.
Barbara, Spokane, USA
19/06/2019 08:49
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giving the bear food inside the city or even close to it, would be wrong. the bear will remember that and stay or even come back. and once he is sated and full, he WILL be dangerous. he should be tranquilized, brought to a safe zone, that might even be a zoo-park. and there he can be fed and brought back to his natural weight. but that should be done fast, before anything happens and the bear will have to be shot and killed. also, reading through the article just shows even local people know nothing how an ice bear should look like. some say he looks quite healthy. others say he can barely move. looks like for many it is more important to take a selfie and be in the news. the welfare of the bear? let others do it... -we pay our taxes- . and that is it...
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
19/06/2019 08:28
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Instead of filming and gawping, perhaps some of the locals could have fed the bear.

And I wonder how long Moscow will take to get all the paperwork sorted. This side of Christmas?
david, UK
19/06/2019 06:21
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and nobody is giving him food ???? I cannot believe it, unacceptable, make the news and don't help.
marco trezzini, lugabo switzerland
19/06/2019 04:16
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Why don't you give it some food??? Why are just taking pictures???
Norman, Vienna
19/06/2019 02:24
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PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THAT WONDERFUL CREATURE. AVOID TAKING IT TO A ZOO, IF POSSIBLE. IT DESERVES HELP AND FREEDOM. THANK YOU.
Katerina Gavala, Athens, Greece
19/06/2019 00:36
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