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.


Tiffany Trump holidays with Lebanese beau in Mykonos

Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos. (AFP)
Updated 27 min 12 sec ago
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Tiffany Trump holidays with Lebanese beau in Mykonos

DUBAI: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Tiffany is vacationing in Mykonos, Greece, with her Lebanese boyfriend Michael Boulos, sending the paparazzi in the country into a tailspin.

The couple were spotted enjoying a boat ride, with Trump wearing a camouflage-style T-shirt, black leggings and a cap. According to the Daily Mail, the pair met in the Greek tourist hotspot last year.

Upon their arrival in Mykonas this week, the pair reportedly traveled by car to the fishing village of Ornos and then made their way to Platys Gyalos beach, all the while surrounded by their security personnel.

Boulos, heir to a multibillion-dollar Nigerian conglomerate, is the son of Lebanese business tycoon Massad Boulos.