For nearly a year, this polar bear has been known as the saddest bear in the world. But now there's a glimmer of hope.
The bear, named Pizza, is the so-called star attraction at Grandview Aquarium, a subpar "zoo" located inside a mall in Guangzhou, China. Pizza's plight came to light early this year, when Animals Asia revealed that the zoo was home to dozens of animals, most of whom were packed into tiny concrete cells devoid of enrichment and sunlight.
In addition to Pizza, the zoo has homed wolves, Arctic foxes, walruses, a whale shark and belugas, who do notoriously poorly in captivity. And none of them are thriving - an investigation by the Guangzhou Ocean and Fishery Bureau earlier this year found that animals were injured and died when being transported to the aquarium for its January opening.