Video screenshot via ViralHog
If you’ve been on social media over the past week, you might have come across a video of an adorable bear cub trying its very best to climb to the top of a mountain.
As seen in the clip below, which was made popular by media platform ViralHog, a baby bear is shown scaling a steep mountain with its mother, but its tiny paws prevent it from gripping onto the slippery snow. As a result, it repeatedly slides downwards.
A few failures aren’t going to deter the cub, though, so it keeps trying until it catches up with its mother.
“We could all learn a lesson from this baby bear: Look up and don’t give up,” tweeted Ziya Tong, author and board director at WWF Canada.
The message seems apt for one of those inspirational posters displayed by just about every corporate wall, but as it turns out, things aren’t as cute as they seem.
According to The Atlantic, biologists on Twitter were bothered by the footage, because it was clear to them that the mother and child had been escaping a drone.
Ice Age ecologist Dr Jacquelyn Gill warned, “The video going around of a bear cub scrambling up a snowy cliff to get back to its distressed mother is being shared as a heartwarming metaphor for persistence.”
“It’s not. It’s a dangerous stunt by an irresponsible drone operator who should know better.”
Per “earth scientist” Jean Dixon, the clip might have portrayed an act of perseverance, “but as a extremely loud drone harasses both mother and baby. It shows unethical filming and the drone operator should be charged.”
Nature lovers added that the mother would not have climbed the mountain if she hadn’t been shaken by a drone operator.
We could all learn a lesson from this baby bear: Look up & don't give up. pic.twitter.com/nm0McSYeqY
— IMHIM (@ziyatong) November 3, 2018
Stop sharing that video of the baby bear climbing back up the mountain. Does it show perserverence? Yes, but as a extremely loud drone harasses both mother and baby. It shows unethical filming and the drone operator should be charged.
— Jean Dixon (@GeoJeannie) November 4, 2018
The video going around of a bear cub scrambling up a snowy cliff to get back to its distressed mother is being shared as a heartwarming metaphor for persistence. It’s not. It’s a dangerous stunt by an irresponsible drone operator who should know better.
— Dr. Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) November 4, 2018[via The Atlantic, video and cover image via ViralHog] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402300/Viral-Video-Of-Baby-Bear-On-Mountain-Might-Not-Be-As-Adorable-As-It-Seems/
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