Pizza the polar bear Pizza has been kept at the Grandview Aquarium, located inside a sprawling shopping mall in Guangzhou.
Pizza the polar bear Pizza has been kept at the Grandview Aquarium, located inside a sprawling shopping mall in Guangzhou. bi zhiyi

Pizza leaves unbearable mall

PIZZA is known as "the saddest polar bear in the world” and while that may be about to change, it will only be temporarily.

He has been on display in an aquarium in a Chinese shopping mall, harassed by people banging on the glass to get him to pay attention for their endless selfies.

Pizza has been temporarily returned to an ocean park home where his parents live, following the delivery of a petition with a million signatures.

Animal rights groups are working to make the move permanent.

His plight was brought to the world's attention in September when video emerged of him lying lifelessly in the glass-walled enclosure.

There are no welfare laws in China stipulating care standards for animals in captivity.

Sending Pizza back after a visit home would be cruel and heartless, said Peter Li, a campaigner at Humane Society International.


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