A troubling piece of footage from Siberia shows an unfortunate polar bear that somehow had the name of an iconic Russian tank spray-painted on the side of its body. The precise date and location of the video are unknown as it reportedly first appeared on social media in Russia earlier this week and quickly went viral. In the footage, a pair of men can be heard observing the creature as it ambles along the frozen tundra and wondering if it was a dirty bear.
The nature of the animal's odd coloring is revealed when it turns and they see that someone had spray-painted 'T-34,' after a famous Russian tank, on the side of the creature. As one can imagine, wildlife experts were aghast at the graffiti and expressed concern that the writing could cause the polar bear problems when it came to hunting for food and avoiding predators since its natural camouflage would be ineffective thanks to the large black writing on its body. That said, they were optimistic that the writing would hopefully come off after it swims in the water a few times.
More on this story, including who could have painted the bear and how they likely did it, at the Coast to Coast AM website.