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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