06 March 2008

knut not so cute anymore

UPDATE: 19 march 2011 knut dies unexpectedly

UPDATE: 22 march 2011 video footage of polar bear knut's death
knut (pronounced kuh-newt) is a polar bear who was abandoned at birth (december 2006) by its mother.

the daily mail:

Tiny, fluffy and adorable, Knut the baby polar bear became an animal superstar after he was abandoned by his mother.

He rapidly became the symbol of Berlin Zoo, whose staff bottle-fed him and handed out cuddles in between. At three months old, however, the playful 19lb bundle of fur is at the centre of an impassioned debate over whether he should live or die.

Animal rights activists argue that he should be given a lethal injection rather than brought up suffering the humiliation of being treated as a domestic pet.

"The zoo must kill the bear," said spokesman Frank Albrecht. "Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws." ~ read more
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