A heart-warming video has surfaced that shows almost a dozen polar bears circling and climbing onto a garbage truck in Russia with the driver inside.
The video shows the vehicle parked on a snow-covered road while it is being explored by what appears to be a family of about 10 bears, including at least two small cubs.
The Siberian Times made the footage available on YouTube on Wednesday and reported that the vehicle’s military license plate number suggests that it may have been shot in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in northern Russia, which lies on the Arctic Circle. The Siberian Times said it was unable to confirm this. Tekk.tv has asked the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to comment.
What pulled the animals onto the truck is unknown, although it may have been the food in the trash that was transported.
Unlike most other bears, which are omnivores, polar bears are carnivores and usually survive by hunting seals. It is also known to eat walruses, whale carcasses and bird eggs.
In the video you can see an animal sitting in the open back of the truck. Then another bear climbs on its hind legs and climbs up to join it. Then an even bigger bear can be seen hoisting itself into the truck. A third bear is shown groping the rear of the car.
Then a huge bear stands on his hind legs and looks through the windshield into the truck. The camera then pans to the side and another bear is filmed upon arrival.
You can hear the man shooting the video saying in Russian: “Look what’s going on, the bears are hungry, now the fourth one is climbing in,” according to a translation in the Siberian Times.
When a bear jumps up to look through the windshield of the vehicle and faces the driver face to face, you can hear the person shooting the video laughing and saying “oh!
Even if someone honks, the bears are unimpressed. One jumps up to take a look at the garbage and the others are apparently unimpressed. It is not clear how the driver got into the situation or how the encounter ended.
Such interactions between polar bears and humans in the Arctic are likely to become more frequent as the loss of sea ice changes the behavior of animals and humans, according to Polar Bears International.
Climate change has led to a decrease in sea ice, depriving these predators of some of their hunting grounds and forcing the animals to find new ways to feed.
As a result, officials in a remote part of Russia declared a state of emergency last year after more than 50 polar bears entered a city in search of food.
The incident was preceded by the news that a polar bear had been spotted in the suburb of Norilsk, a city in Siberia, hundreds of kilometers from its normal habitat. Oleg Krashevsky, a wildlife expert who filmed the bear, told CNN that at this time he looked “very hungry, very thin and emaciated”.