You’re probably familiar with the “motivational” video that recently went viral online. It features a bear cub doing its best to reach his momma bear on top on a snow-covered slope in Russia.
Wildlife experts condemned the drone footage and declared it “harassment.”
Millions of people viewed the footage of the mother bear at the peak of the mountain in the Magadan region waiting for her cub as it struggles to make its way up towards her.
Many have hailed the clip which was captured by a Russian to offer a “never give up” motivation to humans.
American ecologist Jacquelyn Gill today said she disapproved, writing on Twitter:
“Harassing wildlife for a photograph, a selfie, or a video is never okay. Respect animals by giving them space, and don’t share posts where animals are clearly in distress or in danger just because someone wants to go viral”.
She also highlighted that a part of this film shows the little bear almost reaching the top where his mother is waiting, according to the Daily Mail.
People have been tweeting about their concern that the drone might have scared the bears. Towards the end of the video, the cub seems to have made it, and the drone shows his mom trying to grab her baby.
But, unfortunately, instead of helping him, she ends up dislodging the snow around it, and in a few seconds, the small bear is sent tumbling down again.
Mark Ditmer, a scientist at Boise State University, Idaho, claimed the drone might have disturbed the animals.
“The bears were extremely disturbed by what definitely appears to me – based on the way it’s moving – a drone capturing a video,” he said.
Urban areas – including significant world cities such as Paris – have banned drones because of the threats they pose to humans.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.