There were a few raised eyebrows on the streets of central London today after a 3 tonne polar bear went on the rampage.
It was actually a puppet - operated by fifteen puppeteers.
But thousands came to see it nonetheless.
It was part of an international day of action against drilling in the Arctic.
A 12ft polar bear has been unveiled in Sloane Square today to symbolise the plight of the species, raising awareness for the animals.
It helps mark an urgent 28-day campaign calling on UK leaders to support a ban on international polar bear trade at the upcoming meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES.)
The sculpture by Adam Binder was unveiled this morning. ‘Boris’ is a 12-foot, life-size polar bear sculpture cast entirely of bronze and weighs 700 kgs.
Second to climate change and habitat loss, there is near universal agreement that the annual polar bear hunt in Canada and the illegal sale of poached Russian bears is one of the biggest threats to the species.
In the last five years, there was a 375% increase in the number of polar bear skins offered at auctions in Canada, with foreign buyers paying record prices.