Sad Polar Bear Kept In Tiny Enclosure In Chinese Mall For Selfies, Animal Rights Group Campaigns To Shut It Down

Animals Asia, an animal rights group headquartered in Hong Kong, is campaigning to shut down an exhibit in a Chinese mall where a polar bear is kept in a tiny enclosure for locals and tourists to gawk at and take selfies with.

According to CBC News, the sad polar bear is being contained in a small concrete display at Grandview Aquarium in the Grandview shopping center in Guangzhou, a city in southeast China that is home to approximately eight million people. The polar bear is noticeably upset, and in one video posted by Animals Asia, he can be seen laying on the floor with his cheek pressed against the concrete. In a separate video, people can be seen holding their phones up while attempting to get the polar bear’s attention so they can snap a photo.

“Trapped in the middle of a shopping centre in China – his white fur contrasting against the unnaturally blue display he is an unwilling part of – this sad polar bear has no escape,” Dave Neale, Animals Asia’s animal welfare director, wrote in a blog post titled “The tragic polar bear that suffers for selfies” in March.

“Nowhere to hide from people taking photos – banging on the windows and shouting. Nothing natural, no attempt to create an environment that would meet the needs of any living bear – never mind this vast magnificent animal.”

Since the animal rights group posted the videos, nearly 300,000 people have signed a petition requesting the Grandview Aquarium, which has been dubbed the “world’s saddest zoo,” be shut down. The facility also houses six young beluga whales, five walrus calves, a wolf, another polar bear, and arctic foxes.