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A polar bear pokes its tongue out at Tokyo's Ueno zoo in the sweltering heat of midday.

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Poor bear.

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A polar bear. Normally found in the artic circle roaming hundreds of kilometers in its natural enviroment. So let's put one in a concrete enclosure in 35C temperature so we can look at it.

Had a good look? Splendid. Thanks polar bear for giving up everything for our entertainment. Now stop pacing around and eat this frozen squid.

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And he is not poking his tounge out - he is dehydrating in this extreme heat.

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That's hilarious!! Ha, ha, the stupid bear!

The Japanese media run this theme every summer, and it never fails to bring a smile to the face of me plus a million or so Japanese newspaper readers.

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Poor thing. And what is being done to help it?

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People that cage up animals should be locked up, specially in this heat.

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Well constructed and run zoos (the Tokyo zoo is one of these) have an important place in animal conservation. But it is hard on any animal that is thousands of Km from it's native climate. Actually I feel the same as him in the heat where I am, just hope the keepers are extra vigilant.

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This is sad.

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How much can a polar bear?

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This is really bad. What happened to Ueno zoo management ? are they waiting for bear to die of the heat? This is equivalent to put a human at 100 deg C in a steel chamber. Its pity, please do something.

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Send him/her back home, please.... forget about the zoos profit. I doubt the heaps of children would look fondly upon a corpse, especially an endangered one (if their textbooks told true).

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A Polar Bear in Japan, Polar being the key word. Let it go home.

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let's hope he has an ice bath to cool off in...

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Sad and disgraceful.

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JeffLee. What kind of sad sense of humor do you have? I seriously doubt there are very many other who share your sense of humor. Stupid bear? How can the bear be stupid? He didn't move here on his own. The people who are stupid are the ones who have transported this poor animal here. Or better yet they have not even given this polar bear a home that is more similar to his own natural environment. It is sad that people will go pay money to watch this bear sweat in the heat and not feel guilty for supporting this sad system.

We humans are disgustingly selfish sometimes.

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Not content with having a dead baby bear earlier this month, they want to add an adult bear to the tally, do they?

Never been to Ueno Zoo and will never spend money on another Japanese zoo again.

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People that cage up animals should be locked up, specially in this heat.

Nice post.

The sad thing is, we need to stop doing this to animals. It is not important at all for us to have zoos unless they are protecting and breeding certain species that are endangered. To hell with the old idea that zoos are important so that people can see the animals up close which will lead to a respect and love for the animal. Do you know who came up with that nonsense? I am guessing someone who opened up a zoo and wanted to make money and ease is conscience at the same time. We need to close down all zoos unless they can provide animals with extremely close environments that will not cause the animals to suffer and stess at all.

Why do you think that so many animals pace back and forth in zoos? Simple. STRESS. You don't see animals do that in the wild.

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The bear looks so cute! even when panting, thats something you dont see though a polar bear panting but i thought they had a inside place more closer to their enviroment kinda like the penguins do

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DON'T YOU HAVE ANY ICE IN THIS COUNTRY???

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Send him/her back home, please.... forget about the zoos profit. I doubt the heaps of children would look fondly upon a corpse, especially an endangered one (if their textbooks told true).

I'm not sure that would work. If the bear was born in captivity, it probably wouldn't know how to hunt, and wit the ice caps melting food is getting scarcer as it is. Maybe a zoo somewhere a lot cooler would work like Lapland.

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@sandiegoluv

JeffLee. What kind of sad sense of humor do you have?

A much better sense of humor than yours, if you didn't catch the ironic sarcasm in my post.

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wow so hot!

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I've seen this kind of thing in many zoos in Japan, the worst being Tennoji zoo in Osaka (not the worst zoo, just the worst situation with the polar bear). The poor thing was in a panic, running back and forth in the heat and not knowing what to do. Most zoos will equip a polar bear holding area with a cooled down pool and put blocks of ice in it, but not sure if that's the situation here. Even so, if he doesn't want to swim around with the ice and just wants to 'chill out', what can he do?

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