Wow. He doesn’t look happy.
Neither would you if you were a great big hairy arctic bear trapped in a concrete enclosure in sweltering 104 degree farenheit heat in an Argentinian zoo. Added to which, his companion Pelusa died two years ago, leaving Arturo isolated, lonely and allegedly depressed. He’s been called the ‘world’s saddest animal’…
According to whom?
According to a petition signed by more than half a million people and a smattering of celebrities, including Cher, who want him moved to a zoo in Canada.
Cher? Isn’t that a bit… random?
She’s been getting heavily involved in the campaign. When the Argentinian zoo director refused to move Arturo, claiming he was too close to his existing caretakers and that transporting him would be risky, she tweeted irrately:
#Arturo Will B Another DEATH DUE 2POLITICS [skull and cross bones smiley here] #Canada WANTS #ARTURO.
How moving. So what’s next for poor old Arturo?
It looks like he’ll live out his days in Mendoza zoo. His supporters are still rallying to get him moved, but at twenty-eight, it looks unlikely that anything will be agreed upon before he reaches his natural end anyway. The zoo director has released a statement saying "We just want everyone to stop bothering the bear”. And by bear, all he really means is himself.