A polar bear in Russia is rolling across the tundra like a tank, but conservationists are concerned for its well-being.
The bear has the words “T-34” spray painted on its side, a reference to the Russian mass-produced tank that swept all the way from the motherland to Berlin in astonishing numbers.
While the joke is funny in many ways, the outcome may be rather dire for the bear: the writing disrupts the camouflage that the white bears depend on to hunt their food.
“I don’t know the details of which region, district, or vicinity this [footage] was taken,”said Sergey Kavry, a member of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) nature organisation. “If it’s a military lettering theme… that is some kind of perverse disrespect for history.”
According to the BBC, the Russian media outlets speculate that the bear-vandalization (?) was part of the rising level of resentment towards the animals by the Russian people, as the bears are regularly coming into communities and causing trouble.
A scientist at the Institute of Biological Problems of the North, Anatoly Kochnev, believes the bear was likely sedated before being deemed a four-legged tank of conflicts past.
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