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Depressed Polar Bear Wants to Move to Canada

Arturo the Polar Bear

Arturo the polar bear, also known as “the world’s saddest animal”, wants to escape his cramped, concrete enclosure at Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo and move to Canada where the winters are freezing and the maple syrup is plentiful.

After pictures of Arturo the polar bear looking ‘depressed’ in a cramped enclosure were shared online, thousands of worried polar bear lovers have signed an online petition calling for Arturo to be transferred to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada. Animal rights advocates say Arturo paces nervously in his concrete enclosure and suggest the animal suffers from depression. They say Canada would provide the bear with a “better life” where he can enjoy a cooler climate at the specialist polar bear rehabilitation centre.

But the director of the Mendoza Zoo in western Argentina isn’t feeling the relocation of their only captive polar bear. Claiming that the 28-year-old bear is too old to safely be relocated, the zoo announced that Arturo will stay at Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo, where temperatures can climb to 104F (40C). But don’t worry – Arturo can cool off in his 20-inch-deep pool.

In fact, the sight of Arturo rocking back and forth in the heat is so sad that even former Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has taken up his cause.

“If you love animals the way I do, you’re going to want to sign the petition to save the Argentinean polar bear, Arturo,” Gingrich said. “His current living situation is very sad, and he deserves to be saved.”

Yikes. You know the zoo director is bad news when Newt Gingrich is begging him to show mercy.

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Christmas Day Piranha Attack in Argentina!

Piranha Attack

A lot happened over the Christmas break: South Sudan neared the brink of collapse, bombs went off in Beirut, Kim Jong-un continued to be a brat with nukes. But let’s get straight to the important news: piranha attack!

My childhood nightmare came to life on Christmas Day in Rosario, Argentina when a vicious pack of piranhas attacked holiday beach goers at popular beach on the Parana River. The piranha feeding frenzy left 60 people injured, including seven children. One young girl had to have part of her finder amputated after the being severely bitten.Argentina Fish Attack

A medical official on the scene, Gustavo Centurion, said the ferocious fish attack, which began at mid-morning on Christmas Day, was “very aggressive.”

“There were some people that the fish literally had torn bits of flesh from,” he said.

The Argentine region has been hit by a pretty brutal heat wave with temperatures soaring to 38 degrees Celsius. The piranha attack is thought to have been provoked by these abnormally high temperatures. So basically the warm weather prompted the fish to congregate on the river’s surface while at the same time prompted thousands of Argentinians to cool off in the waters of the Parana River, making the perfect recipe for a Christmas Day piranha attack.

Via: AFP

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