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(CNN Español) - La imagen te romperá el corazón: un oso polar hambriento y extremadamente delgado lucha por avanz...

Posted: Dec 9, 2017 10:18 AM
Updated: Dec 9, 2017 10:18 AM

(CNN Español) - La imagen te romperá el corazón: un oso polar hambriento y extremadamente delgado lucha por avanzar en una porción de tierra sin hielo.

"Mi equipo entero de Sea Legacy estaba luchando contra las lágrimas y sus emociones mientras documentábamos a este oso polar muriendo", escribió en fotógrafo Paul Nicklen, el hombre que tomó la dolorosa foto y video.

La imagen fue destacada por National Geographic y rápidamente se ha vuelto viral.

Hay varias tomas del animal moribundo tomadas tanto por Nicklen y la fotógrafa Cristina Mittier Meier, que hacen parte del equipo de Sea Legacy, una organización dedicada a la conservación de la vida marina.

"Es una escena que te rompe el alma y que todavía me persigue", añadió Nicklen, cofundador de Sea Legacy, en la publicación en Instagram.

Según Meier, las imágenes fueron captadas hace unos meses pero publicadas este jueves.

My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact info@catersnews.com or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”

A post shared by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) on Dec 5, 2017 at 8:52am PST

"Sé que teneos que compartir lo hermoso y lo que te rompe el corazón si vamos a derrumbar las barreras de la apatía. Así es como se ve el hambre. Los músculos atrofiados. Sin energía. Es una muerte lenta y dolorosa. Cuando los científicos dicen que los osos polares estarán extintos en los próximos 100 años, pienso en que la población de 25.000 osos pueda morir así", añade.

El fotógrafo explica que no hay soluciones fáciles al problema y dice que no habrían podido hacer nada por el oso.

"La verdad simple es que si la Tierra sigue calentándose, perderemos a los osos y los ecosistemas polares", afirma.

"Debemos reducir nuestra huella de carbono, comer la comida adecuada, dejar de cortar nuestros bosques y empezar a poner a la Tierra, nuestro hogar, como una prioridad", dice el fotógrafo y pide ayuda para la organización.

El video publicado el miércoles ya acumula más de un millón de reproducciones y miles de comentarios.

En la cuenta de Sea Legacy es posible apreciar más videos del oso, que Nicklen asegura que no tenía la edad para morir, y que pudo haber fallecido días o incluso horas después del encuentro.

Photo by @cristinamittermeier // A few months ago, @PaulNicklen and I documented this heartwrenching scene we posted yesterday—a starving polar bear roaming through an abandoned Inuit camp along the shores of Baffin Island. Though it wasn’t possible for scientists to tell us exactly what had caused this bear to starve to death, we do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain. However, there is hope for the remaining polar bears if we want it. Click the link in our bio to learn more about the solutions available to achieve drawdown—the point where global warming reverses.

A post shared by SeaLegacy #TurningTheTide (@sea_legacy) on Dec 6, 2017 at 10:18am PST

En esta publicación, la organización explica que el oso estaba en muy mala condición y que sus piernas atrofiadas no habrían podido ser reparadas. "También habría sido ilegal alimentarlo, acercarse a él o incluso hacer cualquier cosa para aliviar su dolor", afirman.

Video by @paulnicklen // “This is what a starving—not old—polar bear looks like. The muscles atrophy. They have no energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of 25,000 bears dying like this. There is no band aid solution. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose species. We must reduce our carbon footprint, go vegetarian, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first.” – @paulnicklen Please join The Tide (link in bio) to follow @sea_legacy’s efforts to continue #turningthetide.

A post shared by SeaLegacy #TurningTheTide (@sea_legacy) on Dec 5, 2017 at 9:06am PST

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