‘Sad­dest po­lar bear’ moved from mall

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BEI­JING: An­i­mal rights groups have called for the per­ma­nent re­turn home of “the sad­dest po­lar bear in the world” on dis­play in a shop­ping mall in China af­ter the mall aquar­ium an­nounced the bear would tem­po­rar­ily be moved dur­ing an up­grade.

The three-year-old fe­male po­lar bear, named Pizza, has be­come a fo­cus of global me­dia at­ten­tion since Hong Kong-based An­i­mal Asia posted in July an on­line video of the bear ly­ing on her side in a glass-walled en­clo­sure in the city of Guangzhou.

“Pizza the po­lar bear will tem­po­rar­ily leave Guangzhou and re­turn to her birth­place,” the Grand­view Mall Aquar­ium said on its of­fi­cial ac­count on WeChat, a pop­u­lar mo­bile-based Chi­nese so­cial me­dia plat­form.

The move was part of on­go­ing up­grades and “mi­nor al­ter­ations” to the mall and the aquar­ium would re­main open dur­ing Pizza’s ab­sence, the post on Sun­day said.

It did not say when Pizza, widely dubbed on­line “the sad­dest po­lar bear in the world”, was ex­pected to re­turn from the move to a zoo in the north­east­ern city of Tian­jin.

An­i­mal right groups have called for the move to be made per­ma­nent say­ing that con­di­tions in the mall are un­suit­able.

Send­ing Pizza back af­ter her re­turn home would be “cruel and heart­less”, Peter Li, a cam­paigner at Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, said in a state­ment. – Reuters

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