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'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Dies In Argentinian Zoo At The Age Of 30

'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.

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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'.

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This is heart-breaking.

RIP, Arturo.

Words by Mark McGowan

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Featured image credit: Getty

Topics: polar bear, Argentina, zoo

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.