Sometimes people make wrong decisions, but sometime we get things really, spectacularly wrong. What brought this unhappy thought to mind was the plight of Arturo the polar bear who has been forced to live in a concrete enclosure in Mendoza Zoo in Argentina where temperatures go up to 40C (104F).
On top of the physical hardship, Arturo has had to endure the misery of loneliness since his long-term girlfriend Pelusa died two years ago. Now there are claims that the 29-year-old polar bear may be going mad, as you will see in the video below (the signs that have led experts to make those claims include Arturo tilting his head, showing his teeth and pacing back and forth, as well as rocking from side to side).
The Sunday People reported that Mendoza Zoo has blocked an appeal five months ago to move Arturo to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada — where a new International Polar Bear Conservation Center is located.
Justifying his decision, zoo director Gustavo Pronotto said he did not believe that the bear would survive the two-day trip and he wanted to “avoid a big mistake”, adding that the bear is in “good condition”. Well, I will leave you to be the judge of that, once you’ve seen the images and videos that follow.
Greenpeace had now collected 160,000 signatures in their campaign to urgently transfer Arturo to the Canadian zoo. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Arturo sits in a concrete enclosure at Mendoza Zoo in Argentina in temperatures of up to 40C (104F) and is said to have been depressed since his long-term friend Pelusa died two years ago.
2. Experts claim the 29-year-old’s lonely life is causing him to display ‘abnormal behavior’, including tilting his head and showing his teeth while pacing back and forth and rocking from side to side.
3. Animal rights activists now want Arturo — whose only access to cooling water in his enclosure is said to be a pool just 20in (50cm) deep — moved to another zoo that offers cooler conditions.
4. Mendoza Zoo blocked an effort five months ago to move Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada.
5. Greenpeace had gathered 160,000 signatures in a campaign to transfer Arturo urgently to Canada, which it said has weather that more closely resembles what occurs in his natural habitat.
6. At Mendoza Zoo, Arturo is served 33lbs (15kg) of meat per day, and all the fruit and vegetables he can eat. He also loves honey. And if his caretakers are late, Arturo growls to draw their attention.
7. Arturo has been at the zoo for two decades, and has had no contact with his own kind since Pelusa died. Now, campaigners are worried that he is suffering mental health issues.
8. U.S. singer Cher, 68, said on Twitter: ‘Don’t cry for him, Argentina? No tears of Mrs. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for tortured polar bear Arturo. Your hands are stained with his blood when he dies’.
Source : The Daily Mirror.
And here are the videos:
Share Arturo’s plight with your friends below — I hope he is soon moved to Canada.