'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Dies In Argentinian Zoo At The Age Of 30
Arturo the polar bear, who was dubbed 'the world's saddest polar bear', has died at the age of 30.
The bear had lived in Mendoza Zoo in Argentina since he was an eight-year-old. Two years ago there was a petition which aimed to get Arturo moved to Canada, where the conditions were more to his benefit.
Greenpeace said that the case of Arturo is an example of the inappropriate conditions suffered by animals in Argentina's zoos.
Zoo officials said the bear died from complications of old age.
Arturo began getting media attention two years ago when pictures of him lying flat on his stomach emerged on social media, and he was dubbed the 'world's saddest animal'.
Here's the link to sign the petition to #FreeArturo. He needs our help! http://t.co/TIr3ujhDBb pic.twitter.com/BsoBnA73Z4
- Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 16, 2014
RIP Arturo, the abused polar bear :sob::sob: he deserved better than what he got :sob: pic.twitter.com/5ZQ7FEZhBr
- Jemi Leh (@jaimienotjamie) July 4, 2016
#Arturo the polar bear has died in a zoo in Argentina where he was held captive for the enjoyment of humans. pic.twitter.com/iBrEOqLWKs
- jasob (@sphasout) July 4, 2016
This is heart-breaking.
Words by Mark McGowan
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