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People Are Trying To Rescue This Depressed Polar Bear From A Zoo In Argentina Before It’s Too Late

He’s been dubbed “the world’s saddest animal”.

A campaign is underway to save Arturo, the last polar bear in Argentina, who has been described as “the world’s saddest animal”.

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Arturo currently lives in Mendoza Zoo, the only zoo in Mendoza, Argentina.

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The 29-year-old bear has been living in the enclosure for more than 20 years.

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Arturo is believed to be unwell and to have become depressed since the death of his long-term companion, Pelusa, two years ago.

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Arturo was born in the U.S. in 1985 and arrived in Mendoza in 1993.

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Arturo is currently living in temperatures that can climb to as high as 40 degrees. Polar bears like him typically need to live in temperatures at minus 40 degrees.

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Experts say that his behavior is “abnormal” and fear his mental health is deteriorating.

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Animal rights campaigners are now desperately trying to get him moved to another zoo that offers cooler conditions.

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But according to the Sunday People, Mendoza Zoo – where Arturo is currently enclosed – blocked an effort to move him to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada, in February.

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In Winnipeg, there is a new International Polar Bear Conservation Centre that would suit Arturo’s needs.

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The zoo did not believe the bear would survive the two-day trip. To avoid making “a big mistake”, the medical board decided against it.

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For Arturo to be moved to Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency requires specific records dating back at least three years.

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It’s been reported that Mendoza Zoo had failed to provide the needed documents.

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The campaign to have Arturo relocated to another zoo has been building for months, and has driven huge numbers of people to take action.

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A Greenpeace petition to have Arturo moved to Canada has received nearly 200,000 signatures.

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The signatures will be delivered to Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

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Last week, the hashtag #FreeArturo was trending worldwide as campaigners called for Arturo to be relocated.

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A Facebook page called Save Polar Bear Arthur has been set up to campaign for the bear’s safety.

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Many visitors to the zoo have documented Arturo’s health decline and uploaded videos on to YouTube.

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BuzzFeed has reached out to Mendoza Zoo for a comment about Arturo’s health today. As yet there has been no response.

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