Thugs spray polar bear with ‘T-34’ – the name of a Soviet tank – in Russian Arctic, sparking fears the animal will now struggle to hunt prey
- Animal abusers sprayed wild polar bear with marking ‘T-34’ in Russian Arctic
- The cruel joke could prove deadly for the bear and affect its hunting skills
- One theory is that soldiers from a military base may have painted the animal
Cruel animal abusers daubed T-34 – the name of an iconic Soviet tank – on a wild polar bear.
The predator, pictured here, was seen in the Russian Arctic after a video was made by workers in a truck who name the wild animal Misha.
The footage was uploaded in the remote Chukotka region but it is not known where the film was shot, or who daubed a large T-34 in black markings on the bear’s right side.
Cruel animal abusers daubed T-34 – the name of an iconic Soviet tank – on a wild polar bear
At first the workers struggle to see the the markings on the beast and one says: ‘Why is it so dirty?’
Then they think it is ‘spotty’.
Only when the animal is closer do they see it is sprayed with the name of a tank.
One theory is that soldiers from a remote military base may have painted the dangerous animal, but it is not clear how they subdued or sedated it in order to mark it.
Anatoly Kochnev, senior researcher at Mammal Ecology laboratory at the Institute of Biological Problems of the North, warned that the bear could suffer from the graffiti, reported The Siberian Times.
One theory is that soldiers from a remote military base may have painted the dangerous animal, but it is not clear how they subdued or sedated it in order to mark it
‘Scientists could not do this,’ he said.
‘It could have been somebody who ‘joked’ like this.’
The black writing will mean problems for the bear when it hunts prey, he said.
It would also be more visible to poachers.
The video has gone viral in Russia and scientists are seeking to find out where it was filmed.
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