From activism to arrest: one polar bear’s adventure with Flood Wall Street | Guardian staff | September 23, 2014

The polar bear joined the Flood Wall Street protests on Monday in New York City. Phote: AP

The polar bear joined the Flood Wall Street protests on Monday in New York City. Phote: AP

The bear and protesters desperately tried to tell a police officer about capitalism. Photo: AP

The bear and protesters desperately tried to tell a police officer about capitalism. Photo: AP

Among the dozens of protesters arrested in New York on Monday, a polar bear befriended grizzled activists and broke through barricades. This is his journey

The polar bear joined the Flood Wall Street protests on Monday in New York City. The bear danced with the crowds as they descended into the city’s financial district, the same area where Occupy Wall Street demonstrated (albeit without bears).

The bear joined a sit-in, during which protesters desperately tried to tell a police officer about the connection between capitalism and environmental destruction.

Not only did the officer not sign their petition, he ruined the bear’s afternoon by not making eye contact at all.

Bear rested for a moment with two Captains Planet,linked arms with a man itching his goatee.Photo AP

Bear rested for a moment with two Captains Planet,linked arms with a man itching his goatee.Photo AP

The bear seemed to enjoy being a media darling. Photo: AP

The bear seemed to enjoy being a media darling. Photo: AP

Standing proudly with the protesters, at least 50 of whom were eventually taken into custody. Photo:

Standing proudly with the protesters, at least 50 of whom were eventually taken into custody. Photo:

The bear lingered restlessly at the barricade’s edge, trying hard to look inconspicuous. Photo: AP

The bear lingered restlessly at the barricade’s edge, trying hard to look inconspicuous. Photo: AP

The polar bear leapt majestically over the barricade. Photo; AP

The polar bear leapt majestically over the barricade. Photo; AP

The bear then accepted the help of a weary protester who had seen this coming. Photo: AP

The bear then accepted the help of a weary protester who had seen this coming. Photo: AP

The bear, paws ready to be cuffed. Photo: AP

The bear, paws ready to be cuffed. Photo: AP

Menzi Kulati

#BringBackOurGirls

By 2am, the polar bear had made bail, and emerged triumphantly from people jail.

By 2am, the polar bear had made bail, and emerged triumphantly from people jail.

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