A sad tale with a tragic end.
Arturo, often called "the world's saddest polar bear", has passed away after being trapped inside an unbearable Argentinian zoo for 22 years.
According to reports, the 30-year-old animal died at Mendoza Zoological Park on Sunday due to unknown circumstances… but surely the 100+°F South American heat didn't help the creature naturally found in the North Pole.
Arturo had been the subject of numerous petitions from animal rights activists — including public protest from Cher herself — but sadly, the zoo never seemed to care about his well-being.
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In fact, Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada tried to take the creature away from his captors, but Mendoza lacked even the basic medical information necessary to guarantee safe transport.
To give you an image of what he endured, the wild animal's enclosure only featured a 20-inch pool and solid concrete slabs… but things took an even more depressing turn in 2012 when Arturo's cellmate Pelusa died from cancer.
How many more animals need to die in order to teach the world to treat our furry friends better??
Rest in peace, Arturo.
[Image via Instagram.]