Arturo, the world’s saddest bear. Photo: Mirror.co.uk
Laura Morales, a Hamilton woman recently launched a Change.org petition, asking Argentina’s government to allow Arturo, the “World’s Saddest Bear,” to be moved to the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg. The petition has so far garnered over 500, 0000 signatures, with such high profile names as Cher and Newt Gingrich (hey Coca-Cola: we’re looking at you!).
Arturo has been living at Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo, in Mendoza Province, where temperatures can rise to 40 C, and where he only has access to cooling water in a stagnant pool 50 cm deep. And sadly, Arturo has been isolated from his own kind, having lost his mate Pelusa two years ago.
Arturo’s plight is all the more urgent when considering that Winner, Buenos Aires’ last polar bear, made headlines world-wide when he died of heat stroke two years ago. Much like Canada should give up its elephants, Argentina must consider giving up its last polar bear.
In a letter to the Argentine government, a Université de Saint-Boniface professor – and native of Mendoza – wrote that 29-year old Arturo is going crazy, “He moves the way polar bears do when they are suffering a lot of stress,” she said, per the Mirror. “He has been filmed rocking back and forth in a way that signals distress. It breaks my heart to see it. I’m from Mendoza. I know how hot summer is. There is no way for him to escape the heat. He looks so sad. He looks in pain.”
But sadly, officials at the Assiniboine Conservancy Park told the Winnipeg Sun earlier this year that Arturo might not be allowed into Canada. Argentine zoo officials haven’t been keeping adequate records on Arturo, which the Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs before it can allow an animal on Canadian soil.
#FreeArturo. Photo: Indoist.org
Beautiful Arturo, an iconic animal of Canada’s great white north, deserves to live his final years among his own kind, in a country of ice and snow.
Sign the petition and follow the conversation on Twitter at #FreeArturo.
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