An orphaned polar bear cub was rescued by a group of kind-hearted gold miners in the Arctic. The tiny, female cub was discovered alone on the remote island of Bolshevik – a remote northernmost territory of Russia.
According to Metro News the cub had been roaming in the area looking for food and had been attracted by the aromas of the men cooking. Even though there are strict rules banning feeding wild animals because they lose their desire to hunt, the men decided there was no way the motherless cub could have survived on her own.
“The female cub spent several months living close to humans, and got so used to them that it behaved like a dog,” one report stated.
A viral video showed the bear climbing a ladder and hugging one of her rescuers. When the miners returned to the mainland, they contacted authorities aware there was a definite possibility the cub would not be able to survive on her own. Previously the workers had no contact at the base where they worked.
A decision was made by the Moscow Zoo to save the cub. When rescuers returned to the area, the cub had been existing on the trash left behind by the miners. A helicopter had been flown to the island and was able to trap and bring the cub to the zoo while a permanent home is found.
Less than 31,000 polar bears remain on Earth, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Every life counts.
Video: (#10 rating on cuteness meter)
Screenshots via YouTube and Andrey Gorban for Royev Ruchey Zoo
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Such a sweet parrot!