This March, the world came to know about Pizza, a polar bear kept captive at a shopping mall in China for people’s entertainment. But the gloomy bear was found in tragic condition caged in an aquarium in the mall while over excited people kept on clicking his pictures and banging the windows and shouting. The sorry state of the bear eventually earned him the title of “world’s saddest bear”.
The sad video was uploaded by animal rights organisation Animals Asia and a petition was launched to rescue him from the unfit atmosphere. The heartbreaking video showing the “teary-eyed” polar bear lying on the floor had gone viral then.
Now, Animals Asia has said Britain’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park has offered a new home to Pizza who is living at the “ocean theme park” at the Grandview Centre in Guangzhou, China.
According to the Animal Asia release, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s ‘Project Polar’ is “a specially created habitat for polar bears. Its aim is to develop as an international centre for the conservation and rehabilitation of polar bears both in captivity and in the wild.”
Highlighting the contrast in the living condition for Pizza, the organisation said, “At Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Pizza would enjoy 10 acres and two lakes — the largest lake is over eight metres deep allowing bears to dive as they would in the wild.”
Animals Asia’s Animal Welfare Director Dave Neale said: “The good news now for Grandview is that they now have the chance to put their mistake right. Thanks to this incredible offer from Yorkshire Wildlife Park there can be a happy ending and the negative publicity they have suffered can yet be turned into a positive news story. From talking to them I know they know that mistakes have been made in terms of their animal facilities and ongoing care.”
The release by the organisation also adds that no payment has been offered for Pizza due to the fear that any funds could be used to buy more animals. “The cost of transferring the bear will be raised if the offer is accepted,” they said.