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16 July, Tuesday


Starving polar bear looking for food in Russian city Norilsk - VIDEO

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A hungry polar bear has been filmed looking for food in a Russian city far south of its normal hunting grounds, Euronews reports.

It is more than 40 years since such a creature has been seen around Norilsk, Siberia, Anatoly Nikolaichuk, chief of the local hunting department.

Anatoly Nikolaichuk, chief of the local hunting department, told the Tass news agency said that the last time a polar bear was seen in the area around Norilsk was more than 40 years ago. He said that local officials will now decide whether they can catch the animal and airlift it back to the north, CBS News reports.

Climate change has been damaging polar bears' sea-ice habitats and forced them to scavenge more for food on land, bringing them into contact with people and inhabited areas.

A state of emergency was declared in a remote inhabited area of northern Russian earlier this year when dozens of hungry polar bears were seen scavenging for food and entering public buildings and homes.

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