Even though it is one of the world’s greatest predators, life in the wild may be incredibly difficult for an orphaned animal. After her mother died, this newborn polar bear found herself in a precarious predicament!
Because polar bear cubs rely on their moms to feed and protect them until they’re roughly 2,5-3 years old, this young one’s destiny appeared to be sealed after she was orphaned for many months. Fortunately for her, assistance arrives from an unexpected source! The polar bear cub was straining to feed herself at this age. The young girl approached a group of Arctic gold mine employees, hungry and perplexed, and asked for food.
On the island of Bolsehvik, in Russian territory north of the Arctic Circle, the bear was alone. The scent of food emanating from a group of people working in a gold mine on the island drew her in. Despite the fact that feeding polar bears is strictly prohibited, the miners have breached the regulations in order to save the poor animal.
The polar bear stayed close to the folks who rescued her for months. She even sat with them and cuddled with them. When the gold miners’ contract expired, they were forced to depart the island, leaving the polar bear alone once more. They were, however, willing to do all in their power to assist the poor creature in being saved. Their efforts were ultimately rewarded!
“Because they had no communication link at the base, the personnel could only contact us at the conclusion of their work shift,” Andrey Gorban, director of Royev Ruchei Zoo, revealed. “We were told that the guys were departing for the mainland, and the cub had remained there alone, so our only hope was that they had left quite a large open waste site, which the cub might eat off for weeks.”
The polar bear was ultimately rescued after a few weeks and transferred to the Moscow Zoo, where she may be relocated to a permanent home. However, she will not be able to do so in the wild since she has had too much interaction with people. The bear would have been gone for a long time if it hadn’t been for these workers. In fact, wildlife officials commended the miners’ choice to flout the no-feeding restrictions.
“For better or worse, they fed the endangered animal and domesticated her as a result,” Andrey Gorban explained. “The employees saved its life; else, the cub would have died.”