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The Saddest Polar Bear

The Saddest Polar Bear

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A polar living in horrible conditions in Argentina has gained the support from the global community. Arturo, a 28-year-old polar bear, living in sweltering, dirty conditions in the Mendoza Zoo. There is a petition with over a half million signatures to move the bear to Canada. Check out this presentation for more info...

A polar living in horrible conditions in Argentina has gained the support from the global community. Arturo, a 28-year-old polar bear, living in sweltering, dirty conditions in the Mendoza Zoo. There is a petition with over a half million signatures to move the bear to Canada. Check out this presentation for more info...

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The Saddest Polar Bear

  1. 1. In  a  stunning  example  of  the   internet’s  power  for  good,  an  online   pe77on  to  save  a  polar  bear  has   gone  viral.    
  2. 2. The  pe77on’s  purpose  is  to   encourage  the  Argen7nian   president,  Cris7na  Fernández  de   Kirchner,  to  use  her  authority  to   send  the  long  suffering  animal   to  the  Assiniboine  Park  Zoo  in   Winnipeg,  Canada.  
  3. 3. Arturo  the  Polar  Bear  
  4. 4. Amassing  over  500,000  signatures,   the  pe77on  has  gained  support  from   ac7vists,  celebri7es  and  poli7cians   —  all  moved  by  the  saddening   images  and  videos  coming  out  of   Argen7na.  
  5. 5. However,  the  Mendoza  Zoo  asserts   that  the  bear  is  too  old  and  sickly  to   travel  under  anesthesia.    
  6. 6. The  bear’s  inclosure  is  reportedly   filthy  with  stagnant  water  not  nearly   deep  or  clean  enough  for  the  bear   to  swim.  
  7. 7. Also,  there  is  no  aPempt  to  alleviate   the  sweltering  temperatures  the   bear  lives  in.  
  8. 8. Regularly  geRng  hoPer  than  95   degrees,  Argen7na  is  far  from  the   natural  habitat  of  polar  bears,  who   have  a  double  layer  of  fur.  
  9. 9. Canada,  however,  is  an  obvious   choice  for  reloca7on.  
  10. 10. The  Assiniboine  Park  Zoo  has   recently  opened  it’s  Interna7onal   Polar  Bear  Conserva7on  Centre  [sic],   and  is  fully  willing  to  accept  the   animal  and  be  responsible  for  it’s   care.  
  11. 11. The  Canadian  Food  Inspec7on   Agency  requires  rigorous   documenta7on  in  order  to  import   such  an  animal,  including  at  least  3-­‐ years  of  medical  history,  which  the   Mendoza  Zoo  apparently  doesn’t   have  or  is  unwilling  to  share.    
  12. 12. Arturo  is  the  last  living  polar  bear   in  cap7vity  in  Argen7na.  
  13. 13. A  polar  bear  died  in  Buenos  Ares  in   2012  due  to  heat,  which  caused   controversy  in  the  interna7onal   zoological  community  and  brought   Arturo’s  plight  to  many  people’s   aPen7on.  
  14. 14. Now,  with  new  images  and  videos  of   Arturo  pouring  out  online,  there  is  a   renewed  commitment  to  rescue  and   rehabilitate  the  elderly  bear.  
  15. 15. Aer  the  Assiniboine  Park  Zoo   learned  that  the  Mendoza  Zoo   deemed  Arturo  unfit  for  travel,  they   offered  to  visit  the  facility  in   Argen7na  to  check  on  Arturo’s   health  and  make  recommenda7ons   for  his  care.  
  16. 16. Travel  arrangements  had  been  made   but  the  Mendoza  Zoo  cancelled  at   the  last  minute  and  has  not  offered   a  7me  to  reschedule.  
  17. 17. Many  public  figures  have  joined  the   campaign,  signing  the  online   pe77on  and  speaking  out  in  favor  of   Arturo’s  reloca7on  to  Canada.  
  18. 18. Actresss  Olivia  Munn  and  poli7cian   Newt  Gingrich  have  spoken  out,   taking  to  TwiPer  to  voice  their   concerns  for  Arturo’s  well  being.  
  19. 19. As  of  now,  Arturo’s  fate  rests  in  the   hands  of  the  officials  at  the   Mendoza  Zoo  and  the  Argen7nian   government.  
  20. 20. President  Cris7na  Fernández  de   Kirchner  surely  must  be  aware  of  the   situa7on  and  hopefully  she  will  do   what’s  right  and  take  execu7ve   ac7on.  

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