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Crew brought to tears filming heartbreaking footage of starving polar bear

Vision captured by a photographer has summed up the devastating impact climate change is continuing to have. And be warned, it isn’t easy to watch.

Paul Nicklen of National Geographic came across a polar bear who was significantly malnourished in Canada’s Baffin Islands, having been deprived of food.

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Given the state of the bear, it has been reported that in its condition, it would likely have been in the final hours of its life.

Nicklen posted the footage to Instagram to highlight what scientists really mean when they say bears are headed for extinction.

“I want people to realise what it looks like,” Nicklen told National Geographic. “This is what a starving bear looks like.”

Some have suggested Nicklen should have done more to help the bear in the video. However, Nicklen says he would have only been extending the bear’s pain.

It is also illegal in Canada to provide food for ‘wild’ bears.