Despite what some people are saying, there are significant changes happening to the climate of our planet; and those changes are causing serious problems for arctic animals like polar bears.
Massive and numerous ice platforms used to float on top of arctic waters, which allowed seals to have a place to rest when they needed. But with so much ice melting, the seals have since had to find other areas to live.
The problem is that polar bears also relied on that ice in order to hunt the seals, which were their main source of food. So now that the ice has melted, the seals have left, and the bears have been forced to scavenge for what little food is left for them.
This critical food shortage is leaving more and more polar bears starving to death on a regular basis.
Photographer Paul Nicklen was forced to experience this sight first-hand when he was filming a polar bear on Canada’s Baffin Island that had lost so much weight and was so hungry that it could barely even move.
“We stood there crying, filming with tears rolling down our cheeks,” Nicklen said.
As the bear struggled in very likely its last hours alive, it dragged itself over to a garbage bin that had been left behind by Inuit fisherman, but after finding nothing inside, it could only lay down in exhaustion.
“When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death,” said Nicklen. “This is what a starving bear looks like.”
The heart-breaking footage has been tugging at people’s hearts around the world, forcing them to come to the realization that these animals actually are starving to death because of their natural habitat slowly melting away. It isn’t a hoax, it hasn’t been made up, and now everyone can really see what is happening.
It has come to the point where denying there are significant changes happening to the climate is denying physical evidence that anyone can see with their own eyes, so if we want these bears to continue living on our planet with us, something needs to happen.
To see the video, check out the link below, and afterwards make sure to see what you can do to make a difference and help these animals take back their home.
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