This is Siku, a baby polar bear the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark saved when they discovered his mother could not produce enough milk to feed him.
As shown in the video below, Siku can’t do anything, not even crawl or voluntarily keep his tongue in his mouth. At around 43 seconds he rolls over, but even that seems less like mobility and more like something that happened accidentally when he squirmed.
Looking at Siku, it’s hard to imagine that he is even of normal baby polar bear intelligence, let alone that he’s a carnivore and will some day be able to tear a human face off with the swipe of one massive paw.
That said, I feel for Siku and his mother (I don’t know if I’d be able to produce milk for such a little clown either). Polar bear biologists have expressed concerns about how climate warming will impact the species, and I’ve read they could face extinction in the next 100 years. The Scandinavian Wildlife Park plans to care for him until he’s one, then send him back to the wild.
Something tells me he’d be better off hawking Coca-Cola than feasting on seal meat, but a lot can change in one year, especially for babies. God speed, little guy.
[Via Daily Mail]