Lost and starved polar bear in view of scavenging in Russian city nearly 1000 miles of natural habitat
A starving polar bear is walking in the wrong direction after & # 39; almost 1,000 miles & # 39; entered an industrial city in Russia.
The lost beast went south and inland from the coast of the Arctic Ocean, far from its natural food habitat.
Motorists in the nickel mining town of Norilsk watched with amazement as the bear crossed busy roads.
The bear was looking for food and seemed too weak to attack people looking at the wild animal – but local officials have warned of the threat to human life.
The locals said it is the first time that a wild polar bear has been seen in the city since the 1970s.
According to reports, the animal would have made a lonely trek of at least 950 miles across the Arctic Islands and the frozen sea to reach Norilsk.
The emaciated polar bear was seen in the streets of Norilsk, evasive in and out of traffic and the animal was sucked for food
The polar bear is thought to have traveled nearly 1,000 miles from the Russian Arctic coast south to the mining town of Norilsk
Irina Yarinskaya, a photographer from the Zapolyarnaya Pravda newspaper, snarled the bear with killing cars in the traffic of the city.
She told the local media: & # 39; He is seriously hungry-bitten, he can barely blink and keep his eyes open, almost unable to walk.
& # 39; He lied for a long time, resting, then he crossed the road and entered the industrial zone.
& # 39; He went to the gravel and sand factory. Then he crossed another road and went to a garbage dump. & # 39;
The same bear was previously seen in Talnakh on the outskirts of Norilsk.
The animal has become a star attraction in a bald area that is normally populated by brown, non-polar bears, reports The Siberian Times.
The lost and famished wild animal seemed too weak to attack humans, but was controlled by the authorities because it was still a threat to life
During the long walk of the bear it was depicted by residents of Norilsk and at one point it was lying on the ground in the suburbs of the industrial city
The polar bear reportedly walked about 950 miles south of the Arctic coast to Norilsk
The bear had the & # 39; wrong compass settings & # 39; and crossed the Taymyr peninsula to reach the nickel city in the Soviet era, which is normally closed to foreign visitors.
Local police and emergency services are keeping a close eye on the bear – which is a threat to residents.
But they are waiting for a decision from Moscow to anesthetize the beast and bring it back to the Arctic coastline – or move it to a zoo in Krasnoyarsk, the regional capital, which is 950 miles further south.
Initially, the local emergency services refused to believe that there was a polar bear in the Talnakh district of the Arctic city, which is approximately 350 miles inland.
Anatoly Nikolaychyuk, head of Taymyr's state yacht administration, said: & # 39; This is a unique and rare case.
The polar bear saw roaming the industrial area of Norilsk and walked busy roads in search of food
Norilsk is an industrial town in the Krasnoyarsk Krai region above the Arctic Circle, east of the Yenisei River. It is what is known as a & # 39; closed city & # 39; because foreigners cannot visit and did not appear on maps, traffic signs or public transport links during the Soviet era
Residents took videos & # 39; s and photos & # 39; s of the emaciated polar bear as it made its long journey from its natural habitat across the Taymyr peninsula
& # 39; There are now two options – to move it to the shore, or maybe a zoo is taking it. & # 39;
Local campaigners demand that the bear be returned to its natural habitat.
Oleg Krashevsky – who specializes in trips to the remote Putorana plateau – posted: & I do not understand how the bear could walk that far, over Taymyr and no one encountered it.
& # 39; He must have met many hunters. The same thing happened in 1970 when a polar bear appeared in an explosive warehouse around the same place as this time. & # 39;
Polar bears are an endangered species in the Red Book of Russia.
The bear's mammoth journey is expected to have started on islands deep in the Arctic, either in the Krasnoyarsk or Yakutia region.
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