Starved polar bear that entered the Russian city is getting well again
Well tolerated! Starved polar bear seen eating garbage in the streets of the Russian city after & # 39; 1000 km from her house wandering & # 39; has been brought back to health in a zoo
- Starved polar bears were found in the streets of Norilsk, Russia, in June
- She was stunned as she ran through the garbage dump of the city and taken to a zoo
- Beer was fed a diet of raw meat, fish and quail and has won eight stones
- But keepers have not yet decided whether she will be released into the wild again
An emaciated polar bear that was found on the streets of a Russian city after roaming nearly 1500 km from its Arctic home at the height of summer has become healthy again.
Images of the female bear that suffered from & # 39; extreme malnutrition & # 39; went around the world after being rubbed by the garbage dump in the city of Norilsk in June.
But the bear – who has since been named Martha – is now healthy again after being sedated and flying about 950 miles to the Krasnoyarsk Zoo for rehabilitation.
A starving polar bear who wandered a city in Russia last summer and started shooting through the garbage dump, has recovered after his catch (photo)
The female bear – now called Martha – only weighed 16 stones when she was rescued last year, but after being put on a diet of raw meat, fish and quail, now weighs 24 stones
However, rescuers are concerned that the bear (pictured when it was first found) can never be released into the wild because they think it was raised in captivity by illegal holders
In June she only weighed 16 stones, but that has now increased to 24 after she had a special diet of raw meat, fresh fish and quail.
New photos from Martha now show that she looks happier and frolics in her own swimming pool.
A spokesperson for the zoo at Royev Ruchei said: & # 39; Vets at the zoo literally fought for months for her life.
& # 39; There is a special diet designed together with a treatment for her. Her weight was checked daily.
& # 39; Today she weighs a little more than 150kg (24 stone), she feels much, much better. & # 39;
She is now officially & # 39; out of danger & # 39; although no decisions have been made as to whether to stay an animal at the zoo or return to the wild.
A video from Vesti Krasnoyarsk shows how the bear has improved.
The emaciated polar bear was seen in the streets of Norilsk, evasive in and out of traffic and the animal searched for food
The lost and famished wild animal did not seem to be afraid of people, making rescuers think they were raised in captivity before they escaped
During the long walk of the bear it was depicted by residents of Norilsk and at some point it was seen lying on the ground in the suburbs of the industrial city
The bear was originally thought to have walked about 950 miles south of the Arctic coast to Norilsk, but is now thought to have grown up in captivity in the area before escaping or being released
It is still unclear how the polar bear was so far from home on the Arctic coastline when she ventured into Norilsk.
She was the first polar bear that was seen in the city in half a century.
One theory is that she has traveled at least 335 miles inland – which these animals usually don't do.
Another is that poachers caught her like a cub and raised them in captivity and then fled or was released, which may explain why she wasn't afraid of people in the city.
When the bear was first caught in June, he was surprisingly at ease when he was caged.
This may mean that the Martha will struggle if it is sent back to the wild.
Plans also see that she leads her life in a zoo if she is ruled too tame to be sent back to the Arctic.
The polar bear saw wandering through the industrial area of Norilsk and walked on 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; that foreigners cannot visit and that 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 starving polar bear while he made his long journey from his natural habitat across the Taymyr peninsula
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