For a while now, Norils, a city in Siberia hasn’t seen a polar bear. This summer a visibly sick—thin and weak, with diarrhea and watering eyes—a polar bear has been roaming the city. However the polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt seals, and, as it melts, they must seek other sources of food. The bear’s pilgrimage, some local environmentalists speculated, has been undertaken out of starvation. 

A team of specialists has been examining the polar bear. As a matter of fact, her coat has been too clean to have weathered such a journey, they say. It was possible that she had been captured as a cub and raised by nearby poachers. In any case, the wildlife experts have transferred her to a zoo.

Is climate change the cause of the animal’s starvation?

Dehydrated polar bear

After the National Geographic video from a weak polar bear, critics have been coming up. The video has been overlaided with text “This is what climate change looks like”.  As a matter of fact, some scientists have been accusing National Geographic of being loose with the facts. There has been no way of knowing that climate change has been the sole cause of the animal’s starvation. In response, National Geographic have published an explanation, written by Mittermeier, titled “Starving-Polar-Bear Photographer Recalls What Went Wrong”.  In addition the explanation included  “Perhaps we made a mistake in not telling the full story—that we were looking for a picture that foretold the future and that we didn’t know what had happened to this particular polar bear.” 

With this in mind, we should have been considering not only the polar bears, but also every animal as living a creature. We can’t stop climate change, but we can control it and help not take any more turns. For this reason we should take care of the earth (nature), which has been considered as their and ours home.