A polar bear which was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home.

The exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled on an ice floe from the remote, sparsely populated Chukotka to a village on Kamchatka, about 700 kilometers (434 miles) south when it was found.

Russian emergency authorities on Monday mounted an operation to repatriate the bear. A member of the response team shot a tranquilizer at the bear and put it in a container and onto a helicopter which flew to the snow-covered Chukotka. The bear was then released into the wild.

In this image made from video on Monday, April 22, 2019, rescue workers release a polar bear somewhere in Chukotka, Russian Far East. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video on Monday, April 22, 2019, rescue workers release a polar bear somewhere in Chukotka, Russian Far East. (AP Photo)

Environmentalists say that wild animals such as polar bear are suffering from the shrinking hunting environment and the receding ice as the Arctic is getting warmer.

In this image made from video on Monday, April 22, 2019, rescue workers handle a polar bear that has been shot with a tranquilizer in the village of Tilichiki, about 936 kilometers (585 miles) north of Petropavlosk Kamchatsky, Russian Far East. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video on Monday, April 22, 2019, rescue workers handle a polar bear that has been shot with a tranquilizer in the village of Tilichiki, about 936 kilometers (585 miles) north of Petropavlosk Kamchatsky, Russian Far East. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video on Monday, April 22, 2019, rescue workers release a polar bear somewhere in Chukotka, Russian Far East. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video on Monday, April 22, 2019, rescue workers release a polar bear somewhere in Chukotka, Russian Far East. (AP Photo)