A video posted online is capturing a lot of attention. The five and a half minute long footage shows a mother polar bear out in the open snowy wilderness nursing her bear cubs. This is said to be a rare event to be captured.
According to BoingBoing
, Chris Thonis sent the video in to the website on behalf of Explore.org, who filmed the video in Churchill, Manitoba. He included a statement which said:
This is a behavior rarely caught on camera, and is the result of three live cams set up by explore.org, Polar Bears International, Parks Canada, and Frontiers North Adventure to capture the annual polar bear migration this year (the point being to get people to think more about how climate change is impacting the north, and inspire an annual event similar to Earth Day (or Groundhog Day).
Krista Wright, Executive Vice President and COO of Polar Bears International, one of the partners in the project, noted (via Huffington Post
) each fall "hundreds of polar bears" gather in the Churchill area as they prepare for sea ice to form so they can cross.
Wright also noted a 22 percent decline of polar bear population over the past two decades, citing global warming as a factor.
"Global warming has caused Hudson Bay to melt earlier each summer and to freeze later, greatly shortening the hunting season of these polar bears and straining the limit of their fat reserves."
The video of the nursing bears was originally posted at Explore.org
is also uploaded to YouTube
where it has over 3,600 views at time of publish.