Even in light of those setbacks, calls for Arturo's transfer to Canada have only gotten stronger. On social media, thousands of concerned animal lovers, along with celebrities, like Cher, have added their voices to try to make things better for the bear, regardless of the dangers.
"Arturo is in distress," says Rob Laidlaw from the group Zoocheck Canada, to Metro. "They say there's a risk if he is moved. But the risk is worth it. Arturo is walking dead right now.
Nearly 46,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for Arturo to be moved. Click here to add your name.
Photos via Save Polar Bear Arturo
For the last two decades, a polar bear named Arturo has been languishing in a stark, sunbaked enclosure at the Mendoza Zoo in Argentina, thousands of miles from his native habitat. Join us in calling for Arturo to be relocated to a more fitting home at a facility in Canada where he can live out his days in a climate closer to the one nature intended.