Warning: The video attached to this article will be a heartbreaker for some readers.

A chance encounter between a malnourished polar bear and the conservation group Sea Legacy provided photographer Paul Nicklen with the chance to document the sad state of a polar bear reduced to scavenging through garbage cans, unable to hunt due to the severe reduction in ice flows caused by global warming.

Nicklen is quite familiar with these bears, having grown up in Canada’s far north, and immediately realized that the bear was in distress. The sight affected the team deeply: "We stood there crying — filming with tears rolling down our cheeks," according to Nicklen.
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