Zoologists have caught a polar bear which strayed from the Arctic and wandered into an industrial city 950 miles to the south.
The predator was sighted on a garbage dump in the Siberian city of Norilsk, as armed police kept watch and curious locals took pictures despite warnings not to get too close.
It is the first time a polar bear has been seen in the city since the 1970s. On that occasion, the Soviet authorities shot the 'aggressive' bear. Polar bears are an endangered species in Russia's Red Book.
The predator walked hundreds of miles after taking a wrong turn away from the Arctic Ocean to Norilsk where it was pictured dodging traffic.
Environmentalists say wild animals are suffering from the shrinking hunting environment and the receding ice as the Arctic is getting warmer, and some of them have ventured south in search of food.
Motorists in the nickel-processing city of Norilsk watched in amazement this week as the bear crossed busy roads.
The female polar bear has been captured and is being kept at a local rescue centre before it is delivered to a zoo in Krasnoyarsk, according to Russian media.
The bear will be flown to the zoo tomorrow as it is in bad health and releasing it into the wild would be dangerous, a local official told Russian news agency TASS.
Zoologists apparently caught the bear by sedating it with a drug before taking it to a cage.
The bear, which weighs around 440 pounds, is believed to be one or two years old. They usually live around 15 to 18 years.