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

Father: Not known

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 shopping mall in China.  Following this he arguably became the world’s most famous polar bear.

Following public pressure Pizza was returned to his birthplace in Tianjin where he now shares an enclosure with his mother (name not known).

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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