Lost polar bear wanders 300 miles from its natural habitat: animal is seen running south in Russia – further and further from its food source
- Footage shows the lost predator running in front of a car on a deserted highway
- It was 300 miles from the Arctic and continued south towards Yakutsk
- Officials in the remote Russian region have urgently searched for it
A polar bear has been spotted 500 miles inland from the Arctic coast, walking even further away from its natural habitat along an icy road in Russia.
Footage shows the lost predator running in front of a car on a deserted highway towards Yakutsk, known as the world’s coldest city.
The polar bear ignored the driver’s attempt to chase him off the road and kept running south – farther and farther from his natural food source.
“What’s it doing here?” people hear questions in the car while the bear runs ahead of them in the dark.
This polar bear stood out in the darkness as he walked in front of a car on a deserted Russian highway, raising concerns about his well-being.
The bear was spotted 35 miles south of Batagai, as shown in this map, far south of its natural Arctic habitat and on its way to the city of Yakutsk.
Ecology officials in Sakha, the remote Russian republic where the animal was seen, have launched an urgent search to locate and rescue the bear.
“We have sent inspectors to check where the bear was seen,” said regional ecology minister Sakhamin Afanasyev.
The bear’s tracks were measured and photographed to be shared with experts, another official, Yakov Sivtsev, said.
The animal was spotted 35 miles south of Bagatai in the remote region known as Yakutia.
“ This polar bear wants to visit the lights of the city, ” suggested one viewer, on his way to Yakutsk, where the temperature regularly dips below -40F (-40C).
The bear’s journey seemed to take him south to the Arctic Circle – the latitude above which the sun never rises on the shortest day of the year and never sets in summer.
The polar bear, similar to this one, continued to run south on a journey that seemed to take him further and further away from his natural food source.
On an earlier occasion, a polar bear was captured and taken to a zoo after being found some 450 miles south of Siberia’s Arctic coast.
Normally, polar bears don’t migrate that far inland to the warmer south, but it’s not unique.
The last known time that a polar bear roamed inland so far was in September 2017.
A ten-month-old female polar bear cub was rescued in the Verkhoyansk district, some 450 miles south of the Arctic coast of Siberia.
According to reports, she lost her mother at the time and was found during a raid on a fish processing plant on the Kolyma River.
The runaway bear was caught and first went to Moscow Zoo and is now a top attraction at Nizhny Novgorod Zoo.