Activists Want to Move Arturo, Argentina's Last Polar Bear, Miserable, Depressed and Hot, In Captivity
By: Betty Chu
Arturo is Argentina's last polar bear — his long time companion died in 2012 and Arturo's grown especially lonely and depressed ever since with noticeable changes in behavior indicating the unfortunate shift in his mental health, according to experts.
The 29-year-old bear lives in captivity at the Mendoza Zoo outside of Buenos Aires, where temperatures reach 95 degrees and upward — activists have protested the hot, cramped conditions of his confinement where he also has no contact with other bears or pools of water. The deterioration of his mental state and odd behavior include constant pacing which you can see in this video:
Protesters are calling for him to be moved to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg, Canada. Unfortunately, Canada requires 3 years of health records which the Mendoza Zoo cannot provide. Additionally, the Argentine zoo officials are against the move, claiming that the bear would not survive the trip.
What Can You Do to Help?
There's a Change.org petition you can sign — already, close to its goal of 150,000 signatures.
And, you can also contribute to a fundraiser on Reddit which has already raised over $6,000 for Arturo.