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Knut the Polar Bear

Knut, is a one year old polar bear who is being brought up at Berlin Zoo, after his mother refused to accept him. The animal rights activists worldwide caused a ruckus over this issue and they wanted Knut to be killed, instead of being raised by humans. Their reasoning was that it is “shameful” for a wild animal to be brought up by humans and turned into a domestic pet.

I can’t believe that people who profess to be lovers of animals can even issue such a statement in the first place. Secondly, take a look at Knut (and a video here)

How can anyone have the heart to kill him? Knut is the first polar bear to have survived in more than thirty years at the Berlin Zoo. Just when you think that the zoo keepers and the other officials are a hero, another piece of news comes in the limelight- That the very same zoo who had stood up for their action, has now refused to save the lives of two other polar bears, who are not being fed by their mother. Why? because they don’t want to get into th Knut mania again.

They have not been able to spot the two polar bears recently and think that the mother- after realizing that the cubs are ill- might have either let them die or killed them herself, and later, eaten them up.

The zoo again went back to its former policy (after another public outcry) of saving the cubs because another polar bear, Vera, is about to give birth.

Most of the wild animals who are brought up in captivity, if they survive get very domesticated and lose their natural, wild ability to defend themselves. So many times, after they’re brought up, the care takers leave them in the wild, hoping that they will survive, which is often not the case.

The important question here is whether we should let nature take its course (what the zoo officials did in the case of the two polar bears) or interfere and try to protect the animal in danger (in the case of Knut)? People have different opinions and given the small rate of survival in captivity, many of us would feel that its better for nature to take its course of action.

Personally, I like the way Knut is being raised by hand. This way, we’re at least trying to save the bear’s life, even though the animal might not survive in the future.

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12 thoughts on “Knut the Polar Bear

  1. @Nova:

    Apparently, people do. 🙂 They think that the wild animal who is being bred in captivity will become like a domesticated dog. The important distinction in this case is that Knut was born in captivity. It’s a different thing if we pick up an animal from the wild and try to raise it in a zoo though.

    Paranoid—LOL. I was paranoid will all the self hosting thing. It was a lil scary. I need to change my mood now. 😉

  2. Hehehe… yeah, you dont seem to paranoid now 🙂

    Yep! point taken.. waise I am glad u have moved… for one and only reason that I can now easily read ur blog in office, which was earlier restricted… 🙂

  3. Hey! I found you. Welcome back to your old digs. Don’t mind me folks, Ruhi commented at my blog just about two days before she decided to come back and I found her there.

    Guess who followed you home? 😛

  4. knut looks terribly adorable. i don’t get the whole thing. i think the zoo should do like what they did with knut for the other polar bears. it may be controversial, but i think preventing a species from the danger of extinction is a bigger cause than pleasing animal activists who oppose domestication.

    like you said, at least they would be trying to save the bear’s life. as for its survival chances, it’s still there, however slim!

  5. @ Kirk M:

    Hey!! Nice of you to follow me here Kirk. 🙂 I appreciate it. And sorry for wasting your time with that admin bar thing.


    Yeah, that is what the zoo should be doing- saving those cute bears! They didn’t do that for the second baby (from another mother bear) after the animal rights activists made lots of hue and cry and they faced criticism anyway! So they went back to what they used to do (save polar bears). This is what happens when you try to please everyone, or rather, are not very sure about your theories or credentials.

    and I’m surprised that these so called ‘activists’ wanted Knut to be dead.

  6. Reema says:

    I totally support raising of animals by humans if it saves their lives. The activists wouldn’t have created a hullabaloo if it was cat or a dog that has been abandoned due to old age and someone gave shelter & food to it . Why? cuz they r assumed to be “domestic” animals? Meant to be kept as pets? Its their destiny? If the point is Nature doesn’t want it to live and thats why his mother rejected him, then what about the infants who are left in dustbins? Should they be left to die? I think a baby even if its of a pig (I detest pigs!) has the right to survival by whatever means possible even if it means domestication.

  7. morgan says:

    knut is sooooo cute!!!!!! i love polar bears and yet i feel so bad for them:( how they r getting hunted down:( poor bears

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