Image of the Day: Marooned Polar Bear Walks a Tightrope

A male polar bear climbs precariously on the face of a cliff above the ocean in northern Novaya Zemlya, Russia, attempting to feed on seabird eggs. This bear was marooned on land and unable to feed on seals — its normal prey — because sea ice had melted throughout the region and receded far to the north as a result of climate change.

Credit: Jenny E. Ross/Handout/2011 WPPC