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Knut to Be Banished as Bear Market Forces Cash Cuts


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Jacquelin
- 3856 days ago - nzherald.co.nz
The world's most famous polar bear is to be banished from Berlin Zoo because of lack of cash - the first ursine victim of the credit crunch. Knut the polar bear, who now weighs 210kg, turns two on Saturday. But Berlin Zoo will not be holding a party fo



   

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Dave O'Connell (2637)
Thursday December 4, 2008, 8:11 am

The reporting on this bear features the oddest anthropomorphism imaginable -- characterizing him as "psychotic" (Does he hallucinate and dress in his mother's clothes? Is he commanded by voices?) and antisocial.

A grown polar bear that clashes with humans, I think, is simply being a proper bear.

It is odd, too, that keepers would fret that he might not mate with a female. Zoo professionals can artificially inseminate females, if they choose. However, Knut's entire notoriety emerged when the zoo had contemplated euthanizing him as an unwanted cub, so it's difficult to grasp why they would want him to mate now.

 

Kathy W (299)
Thursday December 4, 2008, 11:11 am
Poor Knut...Me thinks they just don't want to be 'bothered' anymore. "Psychopathic tendencies"! What kind of crap is that?! And, how do they know how Knut would be with the mating thing? Have they tried it before? No...This angers me! No matter where poor Knut ends up, let's just hope it's a good place and that he is happy.
Thank you Jacqueline.
 

Simone Duffin (1462)
Thursday December 4, 2008, 9:21 pm
This is very sad, he is simply no longer wanted, because after all he is a wild animal, no longer a cuddly white bear, the zoo no longer can use him for publicity. My heart saddens for him, he has been used for human's greed. Calling him psychotic, is a insult to him, he is purely being a bear.
 
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