A starving polar bear has strayed hundreds of miles from its natural Arctic habitat (Image: REUTERS)
The female bear, visibly weak and seemingly ill, lay despondently on the ground for hours on Tuesday in Norilsk’s suburbs, its feet caked in mud, occasionally rising to sniff around for food. It is the first polar bear seen in the city in more than 40 years, according to local environmentalists. Oleg Krashevsky, a local wildlife expert who filmed the polar bear close-up, said it was unclear what had brought the animal to the city, although it was possible it had simply got lost.
He said it had watery eyes and could clearly not see well.
Mr Krashevsky told local media: “He is very hungry, very thin and emaciated. He wanders around looking for food. He almost doesn't pay attention to people and cars.
“He is quite young and possibly lost his mother.
“He probably lost orientation and went south.
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The Polar bear is "emaciated" and 310 miles from home (Image: REUTERS)
The Polar bear's feet are caked in mud (Image: