A group of filmmakers have shared images of the gut-wrenching moment they stumbled across a starving polar bear clinging to life in the wild as it scavenged for food.
Photographer Paul Nicklen and filmmakers from Sea Legacy spotted the bear on the Canadian Baffin Islands this summer.
The group captured disturbing images of the emaciated bear – with its white hair hanging off its bony frame – dragging its back legs behind it.
Mr Nicklen was used to seeing bears in the wild – having grown up in Canada’s far north – but nothing could have prepared him for this encounter.
‘We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks’ he told National Geographic.