Polar bear that strayed over 400 miles from home airlifted back to the wild
The animal apparently traveled on an ice floe from the remote area of Chukotka to a village on Kamchatka, about 434 miles south
MOSCOW: A polar bear which was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home.
The exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled on an ice floe from the remote, sparsely populated Chukotka to a village on Kamchatka, about 700 kilometers (434 miles) south when it was found.
Russian emergency authorities on Monday mounted an operation to repatriate the bear. A member of the response team shot a tranquilizer at the bear and loaded the animal onto a container. The bear was then moved onto a helicopter which flew to snow-covered Chukotka. The bear was then released into the wild.
Environmentalists say that wild animals such as polar bears are suffering due to shrinking of their hunting environment and receding ice as the Arctic Circle is getting warmer.