Dramatic images of dying polar bear shock over one million people on the web

The images of a hungry and dying polar bear moved no less than 1.1 million people on the web. This video, posted by photographer Paul Nicklen, reopens the debate internationally on the issue of global warming.

Thousands of Internet users around the world could not hold back their tears as they saw images of a hungry polar bear clinging desperately to life.

The video posted Tuesday on Facebook by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, following a Sea Legacy environmentalists trip to Baffin Island , Canada, has now reached more than 1.1 million views.

My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. 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. 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. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact info@catersnews.com or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”

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The photographer said while commenting on the video that the whole team was in tears as they made a documentary about a dying bear, who was suffering from what looks like severe muscle atrophy, moving slowly through the barren land in a vain search for food.

“No energy, it’s a slow and painful death, when scientists say that polar bears will disappear in the next 100 years, I’m thinking of the world’s population of 25,000 bears that are dying in this way.”

In a comment on the video, he noted that the bear would certainly be dead several days or even hours after the shoot. He also stressed that his group could not save him.
“It’s a heartbreaking scene that I can not get rid of yet, but I know we have to share both what is beautiful and what is sad to break the wall of indifference,” writes Nicklen.

The photographer claims that it is wrong to think that there could be separate and ad hoc measures to improve the situation:

“It was not possible to save this bear individually, people think we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed hungry bears.”

By telling the story of a single animal, the photographer tries to convey an urgent message, such as the long-term impact on wildlife , and climate change . The simple truth is, he said, that the Earth continues to heat up, which could soon lead to the extinction of entire polar ecosystems.

This video tore the hearts of Internet users.

“Thank you for showing us the hard reality of what we are collectively responsible for,” says nico_maur.

“You have to show it to your kids, maybe if they see what’s really going on in the world, is it going to make them appeal for change?” Jonathandoylemedia writes.

“It’s very hard to watch! It tears the soul, “says ninanice10.

Some of them complained about the film crew who did not try to stop the suffering of this unfortunate animal.

“I draw attention to the fact that the group has not even tried … Is it unrealistic in this situation to expect that they will at least try to sleep this bear?”, Launches chrisoux