Heart-Wrenching Video: Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land | National Geographic

Heart-Wrenching Video: Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land | National Geographic

This is what climate change looks like. This starving polar bear was spotted by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen while on an expedition in the Baffin Islands.
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As temperatures rise, and sea ice melts, polar bears lose access to the main staple of their diet—seals. Starving, and running out of energy, they are forced to wander into human settlements for any source of food. Feeding polar bears is illegal. Without finding another source of food, this bear likely only had a few more hours to live.

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Heart-Wrenching Video: Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land | National Geographic

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68 Responses

  1. National Geographic says:

    While this is incredibly sad to watch, there is hope and power in educating ourselves on the impact of climate change. For more, check out: http://bit.ly/LearnMoreAboutClimateChange

  2. VDR GAMING says:

    Should have
    Thrown a cheese burger at it

    • Hi who what are you doing here? I’m Tacrielli says:

      It’s just a social experiment guys, calm down

    • Ricky Prasad says:

      The bear was so hungry that he freaking ate the cushioned seat from a snowmobile (from Paul Nicklen’s page on Instagram. His team took the video). Idk about you but I find that so heartbreaking. How would the insensitive people on this thread feel if you were in that position?

  3. FinalFantasyDeviants says:

    Go and feed it natgeo. Geez. Just standing there and filming

  4. Lémurien Constricteur says:

    We can all decide now whether or not we wanna be part of this destructive human race !
    Reduce as much as you can your plastic consumption, buy an electric car if you can, reduce your carbon footprint for fu** sake
    We NEED to change NOW. Hundreds of species are going instinct because of us and the land we are standing on is dying !
    I hope that this message will inspire someone out there,
    Love from France

    • pigscanfly48 says:

      Electric cars do not lower your carbon footprint, you’re just moving to coal power 🙂

    • Hector Graciano says:

      pigscanfly48 well,it depends what source of power your using and where you are at (geography).if you are charging your EV with renewable energy,then thats different from a situation,in which,the power comes from coal power plants.regarding location,if you live in a place that produces clean energy then its good but if you live in a place like virginia (where its mostly powered by coal,then yea it is dirty.
      *Sorry for the gramatical errors i was rushing this

    • It ́s Mac Tonight says:

      Lémurien Constricteur preach my friend

    • Steiner Fegelein says:

      Hope you realise an electric car actually causes more pollution from the manufacturing of its batteries than it takes to build and run a conventional car over its entire lifetime.

    • pulpnonfiction says:

      We can’t stop this because India and China can’t be stopped.
      That is, unless we place heavy import taxes on them.

  5. Hoboranger says:

    Animals starve all the time in nature. No offense but what proof is there this is caused by inability to feed on seal and not one of the dozens of other reasons. One bear is not proof or connection to climate change. I am not doubting climate change just questioning the science behind this particular connection.

    • Declan Hargrove says:

      You are being willfully ignorant buddy

    • pigscanfly48 says:

      Polar bear population is higher than it’s ever been, it’s probably starving due to overpopulation. You could do the same with a lion, oh boohoo look at this starving lion because climate change!

    • lockergr says:

      pigscanfly48 I genuinely hope you have more empathy in your real life.

    • Declan Hargrove says:

      pigscanfly48 it is certainly not higher than it’s ever been, that’s a laughable assertion, in part due to the fact polar bear populations weren’t monitored in a way that could be considered even remotely accurate until a few decade ago. It is true that polar bear populations are increasing but that is because of legal protections put in place in the 70s, when hunting drove the population extremely low.

    • Matrix Operator says:

      so are you saying lackof food from ovepolulation is not happening?

  6. Vivek V says:

    Good job humans,…We dont deserve this planet…End is coming soon as Karma

  7. Anonymous says:


  8. AuXTech says:

    how is this not on trending, and that bloody Logan Paul is….. smh

  9. Neil T says:

    B.S. This bear took a wrong turn. The World’s “CLIMATE” has been changing since the beginning of time! I feel REALLY bad for this bear and hope he makes it to food. But, really? Climate change? Far reach

    • Dude Its Jag says:

      This bear would have died by now this video was clearly recorded in mid summer, Baffin Island has been a winter wonderland since like early October and I don’t think food would have helped it. It was most likely dying because of some sort of disease.

    • Ryan says:

      Humans have accelerated climate change a lot within the last 100 years, that’s why weather is record breaking with highs and lows across the world in recent years

    • uche007us says:

      This is par for the course for global warming alarmists.One night in winter that is warm is proof of climate change. They see one bear dying and they immediately make a connection to climate change.

      It makes no difference to them that the overall population is trending up. Just show one video of a polar bear dying and the anti science liberals all fall for the scam.

  10. Weston is Dating cotton eyed joe says:

    Such a sad video to watch, it breaks my heart 💔😕 So many animals are dying due to global warming or littering, especially in the ocean 🌊 I always do Genius Hour projects on these things and hopefully teach my classes a few things 😪

  11. Saleem Ali says:

    People don’t realize that they actually have to change themselves. They think , “oh someone else will change so I don’t have to.” That’s the type of mentality that is destroying our world.

  12. GloryGaming HD says:


  13. Cool Burr says:

    I can’t even…

  14. TheAnimeYoungin - says:

    So yall gone record him but not feed him………

    • Clashing Snow says:

      Maya Gomez he will die anyway!

    • Cool JeansBro says:

      He was sick, if anything they can just bring him in to diagnose him. But it’s too late anyways a diagnostic would take too long before they can save em

    • TheAnimeYoungin - says:

      Cool JeansBro & Maya Gomez i see, how sad

    • Nathan Exde says:

      Maya Gomez eventually it will be the last polar bear and some one will be saying “it’s illegal to feed it”

    • Rajpreet Dhillon says:

      They could not feed it because the bear was dying. Unless they feed it for the rest of its life, the bear would just suffer longer and eventually die a more painful death. Also it was too late to take the bear into medical care because it basically died in the span of the video

  15. hugs2003 says:

    Great. Now I’m ugly crying. THANKS!

  16. Justin Y. says:

    Polar bears needs to keep up with the new meta change global warming is buffing and debuffing classes left and right

    • Atef says:

      Zombekian Its a joke

    • Cool JeansBro says:

      The polar bear was diseased. The mouth foaming showed signs of a disease. Starvation doesn’t cause that at all.

    • Estrogen Fury says:

      Chill out guys. This guy goes around leaving joke comments on various popular videos. He is obvoiusly not serious.

    • Buzz LightBeer says:

      Stop buying fish from China. Over fishing by giant trawlers is hurting polar bears the most…. Polar bears eat seals. Seals and China eat the fish. So much Canadian and Alaskan fish is sent to China for processing and then it’s sold in American stores and restaurants. So read the labels on store fish. If the label says China then don’t buy it and then ask the store manager ” _why the store is selling food from a toxic country_ ?”

  17. Tyler Durden says:

    this polar bear is probably a hillary supporter

  18. Rajender Dhillon says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhh my god SOMEONE please help them

  19. CardinalGamer says:

    *Warning Viewers*

    Before heading into the comments section. Read this:

    Some people…. are just dumb.

  20. kinvorok says:

    Why not feed it instead of taking a video of them?

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