Polar bear: The story behind the emotional video of a starving bear – The Washington Post

Polar bear: The story behind the emotional video of a starving bear – The Washington Post

‘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,…

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