The Humane Society’s video of Pizza when he was kept at Grandview Mall in Guangzhou, China (Humane Society of the United States)

Name:  Pizza (male)

Born: 2013 in captivity

Mother: Name unknown, currently at Tianjin Haichang Polar Ocean Park, China.  Possibly a brown bear / polar bear hybrid

Father: Possibly Phineas, currently at Tiger Beach (Laohutan) Ocean Park, Dalian, China

Siblings: No information

Current location: Tianjin Haichang Polar Ocean Park, China

History of captivity:

  1. Born in captivity in Tianjin Haichang Polar Ocean Park, China in 2013
  2. Transferred to Grandview Mall, Guangzhou, China January 2016
  3. Returned to Tianjin Haichang Polar Ocean Park 13 November 2016

Progeny: None

Additional Information

Pizza was billed as “the world’s saddest polar bear” after the Western press discovered him living in appalling conditions in the Grandview Mall in Guangzhou, a city in southern China.  Reportedly three years old at the time, Pizza was filmed alone in a concrete enclosure in the mall, displaying stereotypical behaviours, symptoms of the psychological condition known as “zoochosis”.

Following a number of online petitions Grandview Mall stated that Pizza would return to his birthplace at Tianjin while his exhibit was upgraded.  He was due to return in June 2017 but it was subsequently decided to close the exhibit and he remained at Tianjin.

A search of the Internet will reveal a large number of articles about Pizza, below are links to three of these (each will open in a new window):

Activists Seek Freedom for Pizza, ‘World’s Saddest’ Polar Bear (Voice of America, October 2016)

‘World’s saddest polar bear’ gets a happy ending as he is moved from cramped cage in Chinese shopping mall (Mirror, November 2016)

Nearly Two Years Later, ‘World’s Saddest Polar Bear’ No Longer Sad? (National Geographic, May 2018)

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Page updated 28 November 2020