The title for this painting was meant to draw attention to the fact that polar bears are increasingly stressed to survive.  They do best capturing their favorite prey, ringed seals, when pack ice forces the seals to come up for air at small openings.  There the bears wait and ambush the prey.  But with the Arctic melting more and sooner each year, the seals stay out in the open water, forcing the bears to either pursue them by swimming for scores of miles, causing exhaustion, or to seek other sources of food.  They have been found scavenging on land, even resorting to eating berries and birds' eggs.  This is not enough to feed their young, and thus most don't make it.  If we treasure these apex predators and other creatures, we have to take better care of the environment.