The polar bear's weak muscles, atrophied by extended starvation, could barely hold it up.
Starving Polar Bear Photographer Explains Why She Couldn’t Help
Cristina Mittermeier describes the helplessness she felt while photographing the polar bear and implores readers to take climate change seriously.
There is nothing worse for someone who loves wildlife and nature than to witness the suffering of an animal. That is why photographing the distress of this polar bear, and being unable to help it, was so hard.
Weak muscles, atrophied by extreme starvation, could barely hold him up. It was clear that, even if I had fed him the handful of nuts I had in my backpack, without sea ice from which to hunt, his prospects of survival would be slim.
As he staggered, clearly in pain, toward the abandoned fishing camp from which we were observing and found some trash to eat, I wished I had something more to feed him. He chewed on a piece of burnt