Videos Go Viral Of Polar Bear Invasion That Forced Russian Town To Declare State Emergency
Imagine walking outside your home and being confronted with a hungry polar bear. That’s the reality for citizens of Belushya Guba, a small town on the Russian archipelago of Novaya Zemlya. As many as 52 bears have been spotted in the town and people have no idea what to do about the scary situation.
Top Of The Food Chain
Polar bears are adorable creatures, but don’t let their cute features distract you. The animals are actually severely dangerous. Next to the Orca whale, polar bears are at the top of the Arctic food chain. They have been mostly isolated for centuries, which means they wouldn’t hesitate to attack any prey— including humans.
That’s why citizens of Belushya Guba are concerned for their own safety upon sighting 52 bears in the city. The bears are scrambling for food among apartment buildings, playgrounds, garbage dumps, and more. The town has officially declared a state of emergency.
Scared To Leave Their Homes
Town officials have tried to scare the bears away with the sound of horns and barking dogs, but nothing is working. The bears are moving closer and closer to more homes, and everyone is scared for their safety.
Más de 50 osos polares en el pueblo de Belushya Guba en la remota isla de Novaya Zemlya #Russia Se suele ver alguno pero nunca tantos juntos desesperados por encontrar algo de alimento … en la región del #ártico corren nuevos tiempos … nuevos climas https://t.co/cR3ryxlsSB pic.twitter.com/oRbMOhMap2
— Mario Picazo (@picazomario) February 12, 2019
“There’s never been such a mass invasion of polar bears,” said Zhigansha Musin, head of the local administration. The recent invasion has prompted parents to keep their children home from school and many people are even scared to go outside their home because of the close proximity to the hungry bears.
Losing Their Own Homes
Polar bears don’t have much of a choice but to move inland towards civilization as Arctic ice melts at a rapid pace. The bears are cut off from their main food sources and they have to travel farther and farther to find food.
“Polar bears should not be wandering into human habitation, and certainly not in these numbers,” said The Guardian global environment editor Jonathan Watts. “The Arctic [is] heating twice as fast as the rest of the planet, winter temperatures are rising and the sea ice—which is the primary habitat of polar bears—is shrinking.”
Polar bears are losing their homes, which means more bears could be moving towards civilized homes in the near future. Unfortunately, if people don’t try to preserve their natural habitat in the Arctic, scientists predict polar bears will be extinct by the year 2050.
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