Russians capture hungry polar bear roaming Arctic city

The polar bear which appeared in the Russian industrial city of Norilsk has been captured. (AFP)
Updated 21 June 2019
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Russians capture hungry polar bear roaming Arctic city

  • Polar bears have been increasingly wandering into inhabited areas of northern Russia as climate change and regional development reduce their habitat and food supply
  • In February, officials declared an emergency after dozens of polar bears entered a settlement on the far northern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, attracted by its rubbish tip

MOSCOW: Russian officials said Thursday that scientists have captured a hungry polar bear found roaming the streets of an Arctic city, hundreds of kilometers from its natural habitat, and would take it to a zoo to recover.
“Zoologists have caught the female polar bear wandering around Norilsk,” the authorities of the industrial city said in a statement, adding that the bear had apparently trekked south from the shores of the Kara Sea, which is part of the Arctic.
Polar bears have been increasingly wandering into inhabited areas of northern Russia as climate change and regional development reduce their habitat and food supply and they turn to other sources such as waste bins.
The animal — estimated to be around one year old and weighing some 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) — is being inspected by veterinarians.
Officials plan to send the bear to a zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Friday.
“The animal’s health does not allow for her to be released into the wild,” the statement said.
“In Krasnoyarsk, the bear will be fully examined and receive the necessary treatment.”
Images of the visibly exhausted animal roaming Norilsk in search of food have gone viral.
Sightings of polar bears so far south from their usual habitat are rare.
In February, officials declared an emergency after dozens of polar bears entered a settlement on the far northern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, attracted by its rubbish tip, and some wandered into buildings.


Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.” (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019
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Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

DUBAI:  US rapper 50 Cent took Twitter by surprise as he teased fans with a joke about a potential name change.

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.”

This was after the rapper was added to Jeddah World Fest’s line-up in Saudi Arabia.

Tweeps took to the cheeky tweet by storm, replying with warm messages like “welcome to Saudi 50 HALALA.”

Another Saudi fan wrote, “many thanks 50 Halala.”

The music sensation told his 10 million followers, “I been around the world a few times there’s no place [like] JEDDAH.”

He also shared his experience at the festival with excited fans and wrote, “I had a ball at Jeddah fest, kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The music festival is part of the Jeddah Season of activities which falls under the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) ambitious program of seasonal entertainment for the Kingdom.