Difunden desgarradoras imágenes de un oso polar luchando por sobrevivir

Vuelve a circular una serie de fotografías y un video de un oso polar muy delgado que se encuentra caminando en un Ártico sin nieve.

En las imágenes se puede ver al oso polar intentando caminar por el pasto, por lo que se hicieron virales en poco tiempo, además National Geographic las destacó.

My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact [email protected] or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”

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Las fotografías fueron captadas por Sea Legacy, organización dedicada a la conservación de la vida marina. Uno de los autores de las imágenes, Paul Nicklen escribió: “Mi equipo entero de Sea Legacy estaba luchando contra las lagrimas y sus emociones mientras documentábamos a este oso polar muriendo”.

Por su parte, Cristina Mittier Meier, otra autora del este proyecto, comentó que las imágenes fueron tomadas hace unos meses, pero las publicaron el pasado jueves, informó CNN.

Photo by @cristinamittermeier // A few months ago, @PaulNicklen and I documented this heartwrenching scene we posted yesterday—a starving polar bear roaming through an abandoned Inuit camp along the shores of Baffin Island. Though it wasn’t possible for scientists to tell us exactly what had caused this bear to starve to death, we do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain. However, there is hope for the remaining polar bears if we want it. Click the link in our bio to learn more about the solutions available to achieve drawdown—the point where global warming reverses.

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“Sé que tenemos que compartir lo hermoso y lo que te rompe el corazón si vamos a derrumbar barreras de la apatía. Así es como se ve el hambre. Los músculos atrofiados. Sin energía. Es una muerte lenta y dolorosa. Cuando los científicos dicen que los osos polares estarán extintos en los próximos 100 años, pienso en la población de 25 mil osos pueda morir así”, agregó.

El fotógrafo dijo que, si continúa el calentamiento global, la humanidad no sólo perderá a los osos, sino también, los ecosistemas polares.

Paul Nicklen recomendó “reducir nuestra huella de carbono, comer la comida adecuada, dejar de cortar nuestros bosques y empezar a poner a la Tierra, nuestro hogar, como una prioridad”.

El video de la organización ya acumula más de un millón de reproducciones y miles de comentarios.

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