ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
56°
Few Clouds
H 68° L 60°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    56°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 68° L 60°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    73°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 68° L 60°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    70°
    Evening
    Partly Cloudy. H 73° L 61°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

News
Arturo the sad polar bear will stay in Argentina
Close

Arturo the sad polar bear will stay in Argentina

Arturo the sad polar bear will stay in Argentina
Photo Credit: AFP
Arturo, the only polar bear in Argentina, living in captivity at a zoo in Mendoza, 1050 km west of Buenos Aires, is pictured at his enclosure on February 5, 2014. Specialists and activists are lobbying to transfer old Arturo to a zoo in Canada to spare him from the Argentine heat. AFP PHOTO / Andres LARROVERE (Photo credit should read ANDRES LARROVERE/AFP/Getty Images)

Arturo the sad polar bear will stay in Argentina

Trending on Facebook

More popular and trending stories

Despite protesters, internet campaigns and petitions, Argentina's Mendoza Zoo says its lone polar bear, Arturo, won't be moving to Canada any time soon. 

29-year-old Arturo has been nicknamed the "world's saddest animal" for looking sad in his small, toasty quarters at the Argentinean zoo. Reports say Arturo often exhibits concerning behavior like baring his teeth and rocking from side to side . (Via YouTube / The Last Atom)

Winnipeg Humane Society: "He methodically does the same thing over and over and it's really an indication he's slowly going insane."  (Via  CBC )

According to  The Daily Beast , "Experts say the depression stems from his unnaturally hot environment, lack of adequate water to cool off in, and the absence of other polar bears at the zoo."

However, Arturo wasn't always alone. He lived with another poplar bear until 2012, when it died during a heat wave. 

A Winnipeg zoo has offered to house Arturo, and animal lovers all over the world called for his transfer to the cooler climate. Including at least one American politician...(Via  Change.org )(Via Care2  Petition Site )

NEWT GINGRICH: "This is very sad and he should be saved, so sign the petition." (Via Facebook / Newt Gingrich )

But, this week the director of the Argentina zoo told the world Arturo isn't going anywhere, saying the bear is too old to travel safely. 

Polar bears generally don't live past 30, so Arturo is likely nearing the end of his life. (Vid  YouTube / Vid Hab )

One Green Planet  called this reasoning "suspicious," pointing out no medical records have been provided proving Arturo is not healthy enough to be transferred. 

And  Examiner  says experts are saying Arturo would fare much better being transported to Canada, then living out the rest of his life in Argentina. 

Arturo is currently the only polar bear living in Argentina.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • A new study suggests that millennials in South Florida live with their parents at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country. >> Read more trending news  The study conducted by Abodo found that 44.8 percent of millennials in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area still live with their parents. That’s the highest percentage among the 40 metropolitan areas looked at by the study, and above the national average of 34.1 percent. According to Abodo, the finding represents the first time in 130 years that people in the 18-to-34-year-old range are more likely to live with their parents than any other situation, including cohabiting with a spouse, living alone and living with roommates. Despite the stigma, millennials may have a good reason for living under their parents’ roof. If millennials living at home in South Florida were to move out, U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that they would spend more than 90 percent on their monthly income on rent. Millennials from six other metropolitan area would also spend more than 90 percent of their income on rent. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area, millennials who would pay 110 percent of their income on rent. The study found that millennials living at home have a median monthly income of $1,121, which falls well below the $2,023 median monthly income of all millennials. Read more at Abodo.
  • A North Dakota church recently bought by a self-proclaimed white supremacist has burned to the ground, KVRR reported. >> Read more trending news  The Attorney General’s office said there isn’t any new information to release, but Craig Cobb said he knows the fire was set intentionally and believes it was a hate crime. “I was going to turn it over to the creativity movement with a stipulation that that branch of the church be called the Donald J. Trump. … President Donald J. Trump, Creativity Church of Rome, not Nome, Rome,” Cobb told KVRR. “A little play on history there, you see.” Cobb said he had big plans for the church, formerly known as Nome Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. “I absolutely would have if they would have given me half a chance, which the hater did not by burning down my property,” Cobb told KVRR. “An arsonist did it, of course. That’s all, an arsonist, it’s really simple.” Cobb was in Sherwood, North Dakota, when he received an email from an attorney about his destroyed property. “I just want to insert that it’s a terroristic attack,” Cobb told KVRR. “I’m going to ask the DOJ and the FBI to apply hate crime charges against them too.”  Cobb is offering an award of at least $2,000 to anyone with information that can lead to the responsible party. “I really want them caught, I really, really want them caught,” he told KVRR.
  • It led to road closures, right around rush hour Thursday afternoon.   The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating after a triple shooting in the Magnolia Gardens neighborhood in Northwest Jacksonville.   Police say they were called about multiple people shot at the intersection of New Kings Road and Edgewood Avenue and when they arrived they found three victims with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.   According to JSO, it's believed the suspect(s) pulled up next to the vehicle the victims were in and fired several shots into the car.   At this time, there's no information or description of the suspect(s). 
  • Prior to Monday’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 24, former figure skater and “DWTS” champion Kristi Yamaguchi took to Twitter to wish fellow former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan good luck in the worst way possible. >> Read more trending news Hours before Kerrigan took the stage, Yamaguchi tweeted, “So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan ! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!” Yes, that’s right. She told Kerrigan, victim of the famous 1994 attack, in which she was assaulted with a police-style baton to the knee, to “break a leg.” Just before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit that year, a man, who had been paid by Kerrigan rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck her on the right knee, injuring her leg. While it wasn’t broken, Kerrigan did suffer cuts, bruises and swelling and walked with a limp. Twitter responded with generally surprised reactions. Of course, Yamaguchi was just employing a common -- if ill-fitting, considering Kerrigan’s history -- phrase, but that didn’t stop the internet from freaking out over it. Yamaguchi has not clarified her comment, nor has she deleted the tweet. Kerrigan took the joke in stride, tweeting, “Thank you @kristiyamaguchi for the advise (sic)! It definitely is helping!”
  • For two years, Mitch Comer’s mother and stepfather, Sheila Comer and Paul Comer, kept him locked inside a bedroom in his family’s rental home in Georgia. He was shut off from the outside world and even his two younger sisters until September 2012. By then, Comer, who was 18 at the time, was loaded on a bus and sent to Los Angeles with some cash and pamphlets from a homeless shelter. He was spotted by a former security guard, st the Los Angeles bus station, who called police. When he was returned to Georgia, Comer was severely malnourished with translucent skin — evidence of his ordeal. The story made national headlines. >> Read more trending news Nearly five years after his mother and stepfather were sentenced to 15 years in prison as part of a plea deal, the two could be up for parole, according to the Paulding County District Attorney. In his first public interview since his ordeal, Comer said Thursday he doesn’t want that to happen. “I don’t think that’s right,” he said. “I don’t like it at all.” Mitch Comer, who now goes by Mitt, said Paul and Sheila Comer should serve more prison time, and DA Dick Donovan agrees. “Letting them out after just five years just doesn’t … it offends me as a prosecutor and I’m sure it would offend the people of Paulding County if they knew about it,” Donovan said. Despite the two years of his life that was taken from him, Comer has flourished, completing high school and now studying at Kennesaw State University. His passion is electronics, and one day, he’d like to be inventor. Until then, he’s like any other college student, he says. He’s managed to put his abuse behind him. “A long time ago, I heard about a dude that was left in a closet and he came out happy, and I said I’m going to be that dude, too,” Comer said.

The Latest News Videos