Polar Bear Swims 200 miles… only to be shot…

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  1. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Do they not have tranquilliser darts in Iceland? Or Zoos? Or animal welfare experts. Maybe being raised in a country of animal lovers (think when the Whale swan up the Thames!) it doesn't sit well with me.
     
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  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Just read elsewhere that it would have allegedly taken 24 hours to fly the necessary darts into Iceland, and they were concerned that the bear was on its way into fog-bound hills where they would have lost track of it.
     
  4. elppa thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Sorry I meant to include the link from the start:

    The 24 hours to fly in tranquillisers has been hotly disputed. 1 hour is a more accurate estimate. From my impression it appears the Bear was not directly threatening people, and could easily have been monitored. Sounds like they just didn't want to try.

    Polar bear shot dead after 200-mile siwm.
     
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    I remember a few months ago there was a monkey that escaped in a zoo. The monkey was sitting in a tree (inside the zoo) and instead of trying to capture it they just killed it.. Not cool...
     
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    But it's easier to just kill the bear, pose with the corpse in a photo, and dance around its bones.


    Anthony Hopkins agrees.
     
  8. dgdosen macrumors 65816

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    With all the glaciers breaking up, the thing probably rode an ice floe most of the way looking for some land.

    Are there any stats for wildlife dying when a glacier breaks up?
     
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    yes there are: 100% of all animals who inhabited the glacier die.
     
  10. Vster macrumors 6502

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    Also sounds like a group of over-zealous hunters too...:(
     
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    I guess that qualifies for Worst Vacation Ever.
     
  12. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    The fact that they pose for a picture with the carcass just threw away all the creditability that they are doing it for safety reasons
     
  13. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    This is so sad. They just killed off a bear that is part of an endangered specie. :(
     
  14. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    They could have just got Bjork to sing to it for 20 minutes :(

    It's a crap world we live in.
     
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    Same thing I was thinking.
     
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    No, that was the one at Guantanamo beach...
     
  18. Beric macrumors 68020

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    And yet people are saying polar bears are drowning because of melting icebergs...

    Honestly, polar bears can swim for hundreds of miles. Their population is increasing and has been for 40 years. "Save the polar bears" is an emotional argument with no facts to back it up.

    Sorry for this particular bear. However, i don't believe hunting them is legal anywhere.
     
  19. egor macrumors regular

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    Are they? Who are these people? I don't think respected scientists are. Sure, they're saying they're dying because of loss of habitat, but that's true and can be seen from the fact that there are less of them (and if you want a fact, their conservation category is VU).
     
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    Because shampoo has somewhat surprising side effects

    And in the same line of thinking, "Did you know that 100% of people who use shampoo... die?!":eek:
     
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    Polar bear, no natural predators, not afraid of man (or anything else for that matter), weighs 550lb, has 8" claws and 6" teeth....

    ...in a populated area?


    Anyone see a problem here?

    Sure it's cute and all, but cute gets tired very quickly when it's tearing your head off.

    A shame they couldn't have sedated it, but it would have killed anyone it caught.
     
  23. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    Well... the bad part of that was that it took me about a minute to figure that out. :eek:
     
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    Goody, I will never die.

    I buzz my head to the scalp every 2 weeks, so I only need use bar soap.

    :D

    Still dislike when this thread is resurrected.

    Not a fan of this type of unnecessary killing.

    :(
     
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    I would much rather have this thread be resurrected than the bear. Zombie Polar bears with a vendetta are twice as dangerous as zombie sharks!
     

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