‘Heartbreaking’ video shows dying polar bear searching for food
National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen documented an emaciated polar bear rummaging for food in Baffin Island in northern Canada. (SeaLegacy / Caters News)
The world’s tragedies often have images that end up defining them: A five-year old screaming in Iraq after her parents were killed by U.S. soldiers. A starving child being stalked by a vulture during a ruthless famine in Sudan.
A video released this week of an extremely emaciated polar bear has served as a similar purpose: as a rallying cry and stand-in for a largely unmitigated environmental disaster.
The video was shot by Paul Nicklen, a nature photographer and contributor to the National Geographic magazine for the last 17 years. He is also a biologist by training and the co-founder of Sea Legacy,…