Activists struggle to get elderly polar bear out of the Argentina heat

Arturo is a 28-year-old polar bear who lives in a zoo in Mendoza, Argentina.

Activists have been campaigning to get him out of Mendoza for months, saying the scorching hot weather is taking a toll on him.

A zoo in Canada has even offered to adopt him, but local authorities have swayed back and forth on whether to let him go.

According to his keepers, Arturo was born in captivity in the United States. He has spent two decades in Mendoza’s zoo, where he is the only polar bear.

Local activists have published multiple videos showing his living conditions online, and petitioned the zoo to let him go to Canada – but despite their continuing efforts, it seems he may not be leaving his pen anytime soon.

In the wild, polar bears live an average of 15 to 18 years. However, in captivity, they can live well into their 30s; one bear in a Canadian zoo lived to be 42.

Activists in Argentina are not giving up the fight, however; they have collected more than 60,000 signatures and presented the petition to the local governor.

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Source | observers.com

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