400,000 People Sign Petition to #FreeArturo the “Sad” Polar Bear From Argentina Zoo

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 19 2014 1:05 PM

400,000 People Sign Petition to #FreeArturo the “Sad” Polar Bear From Argentina Zoo

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Arturo, the only polar bear in Argentina, living in captivity at a zoo in Mendoza.

Photo by ANDRES LARROVERE/AFP/Getty Images

The Internet of good intentions has found a new cause to rally around. This time the cause is, in fact, a polar bear named Arturo. Arturo is a resident at the Mendoza Zoo in Argentina and therein lies the problem. Activists described “deplorable conditions,” the polar bear lives. “The bear, 29, has been seen pacing in his pen and showing behavior some have likened to depression,” according to the BBC, which has led to Arturo being nicknamed “the world’s saddest animal.”

Arturo’s plight has been ricocheting around the Internet after a Change.org petition sprung up requesting the polar bear be moved to a zoo in Canada “where a natural habitat and a better life is awaiting him.” More than 430,000 people have signed on to the petition spawning a #FreeArturo hashtag on Twitter. Newt has even joined the cause.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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