‘Fake news’ for a good cause? Viral polar bear video not what it seems

The viral video showing an emaciated and starving bear desperately searching for food has garnered massive attention around the world, but in the six days since its publication serious doubts have emerged among the scientific and indigenous communities.

  • Killer Marmot

    Environmentalists apparently believe that polar bears either live forever, or they retire to a seniors home, where they receive only the best of care and then die peacefully in their sleep.

    • Frances

      Said nursing home run by Santa and Coke.

  • simus1

    NatGeo backed quacks and lackeys peddling their usual CC BS ?
    Oh my, that is so disappointing and unexpected.

  • andycanuck

    Good. I was pointing all of this out a couple of days ago here.

    And now there are two new factors that were lied about as sins of omission: The bear had a broken paw; and it was actually filmed in August and not in December when the video was released.

    Even the pro-CAGW “polar bears are endangered” Wiki entry on polar bears shows that they don’t hibernate but put on all their weight during winter eating seals and live off their fat along with other scavenging during late summer and early fall when there’s not enough ice for seal hunting.

  • robins111

    I’ve seen black bears that look like that, for some strange reason they get an addiction to anti-freeze and will break into cars/trucks to get it. It poisons them and during their short life, they dwindle away into walking skeletons..

    • CoolTolerance

      Cats also seem to like anti-freeze. It affects the kidneys and they die.

  • CaligulaJones

    Well, as Kate from SDA says, Walt Disney has a lot to answer for. We are now on the third generation that believes animals are just furry (or scaly or feathery) people.

    The local radio station had this bit on, with the typical non-journalism, such as maybe bringing up, I dunno, NO NECROPSY.

    Its even worse because just before that, they were slagging the latest Fraser Institute because of, get this, bias.

    I’d like to drop them off on an island with a supposed “extinct” polar bear population. You know, just as a scientific test.