Saturday, July 9, 2011

Save our world/sunday scans: Save the polar bear



Photo of the Auckland zoo Polar bear enclosure in the early 1980s. These days, it is not PC to keep polar bears in zoos. I think Auckland Zoo has given up keeping the polar bears. In Singapore, they have a very expensive enclosure.

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I am an online supporter of Green peace, and I am not sure if I am amused or horrified when I read:

A few weeks ago while we were drifting amongst the ice floes, waiting for a break in the weather, a polar bear came up to our ship. As he walked around our ship I was struck the beauty of the lone bear in his home, and how an oil spill here would devastate this pristine environment.



Hi Ann,

I wrote to you on Monday, from my cabin on board Greenpeace’s ship the Esperanza, to share the latest news in our fight to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic.

Today I am writing to ask for your help.

Last Friday, Kumi Naidoo, the global head of Greenpeace, left the Esperanza to brave freezing water fired from water cannons to scale a massive Arctic oil rig.

Naidoo spoke of “a fight for sanity against the madness of those who see the disappearance of Arctic sea-ice as an opportunity to profit”, reminding us that the “cost of a spill is unimaginable”.

We urgently need your help to keep up this fight.

A few weeks ago while we were drifting amongst the ice floes, waiting for a break in the weather, a polar bear came up to our ship. As he walked around our ship I was struck the beauty of the lone bear in his home, and how an oil spill here would devastate this pristine environment.
Melting ice threatens these polar bears who depend on it to raise their young, travel and hunt for seals.

Nick Young,
Signing off from the Arctic Sunrise






The Polar bears have a great time in the Singapore zoo. Their enclosure is chilled and the water is so inviting. They are among the most visited animals, partly the viewing area is cool and partly it is such an entertaining sight to see the giant polar bear swim. The visitors love it after the humidity and the heat outside.

There was once when the polar bear played second fiddle. I can't remember if it was in the Singapore Zoo or in the Auckland Zoo, because I went to both when the Panda bears were on loan. People were flocking to see the Pandas. There was a cartoon which was very clever. No one was visiting the polar bears, they decided to paint their eyes and bodies black hoping to attract some attention.

Fellow blogger Ngao is right about what the consequences would be if the glass broke. I used to worry about the glass at the viewing area of the big wild cats. That would really be scary. Some children and grown up idiots tap on the glass even though there were big signs saying "Do not tap the glass."

Here's my nieces and nephews have a fantastic time. Some day kids, you can come back and take another photo and see how much you have grown.

5 comments:

Karin said...

Recently watched a National Geographic on polar bears. Very insightful! Thanks for sharing your concern!

Ginny said...

I do believe in global warming, and the polar bears are losing their habitat.

Al said...

Polar bears are amazing animals, I can't imagine seeing one in the wild. Great shots!

wenn said...

love polar bears.

SandyCarlson said...

Zoos. We need the, but they are pens for life-sentence prisoners.