Forget about people, you can tell much more about a culture and a country¬†by how it cares for animals. ¬†Some zoos around the world I have visited have been downright disgusting. ¬†The lowlight of my decade of touring around the world has been the Thonburi Snake Farm in Bangkok.
But I have never been to Argentina.
Maybe if the polar bear played football Argentinians might care about him a bit more.
This is Arturo, a polar bear living in South America who has been called the ‚Äėworld‚Äôs saddest animal‚Äô.
He sits in a concrete enclosure at Mendoza Zoo in Argentina in temperatures of up to 40C (104F) and is said to have been depressed since his long-term friend Pelusa died two years ago.
It is claimed the 29-year-old‚Äôs lonely life is causing him to display abnormal behaviour, including tilting his head and showing his teeth while pacing back and forth and rocking from side to side.
Animal rights activists now want Arturo – whose only access to cooling water in his enclosure is said to be a pool just 20in (50cm) deep – moved to another zoo that offers cooler conditions.