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Discussion in 'Pets and Animal Lovers' started by aproop, May 17, 2008.

  1. aproop

    aproop Bronze IL'ite

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    When Knut was born on 5 December 2006, he was no bigger than a snowball and unable to care for himself. His mother didn't know how to take care of Knut and rejected him. Knut would have died if it weren't for Thomas Dorflein, a zookeeper who nurtured Knut and gave him the love and attention he needed to thrive. The adorable little polar bear captured the world's attention, and was loved around the globe.

    He was the first polar bear cub to survive past infancy at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years. At one time the subject of international controversy, he became a popular tourist attraction and commercial success. After the German tabloid newspaper Bild ran a quote from an animal rights activist that seemingly called for the death of the young cub, a worldwide public outrage was caused as fans rallied in support of his being hand-raised by humans. Children protested outside the zoo, and many e-mails and letters expressing sympathy for the cub's life were sent from around the world.

    Knut became the center of a mass media phenomenon dubbed "Knutmania" that spanned the globe and quickly spawned numerous toys, media specials, DVDs, and books, resulting significant increase in revenue, estimated at about five million euros, at the Berlin Zoo in 2007.

    This was all when our Knut was cute and cuddly…But now he is big, real polar bear. He is spoiled rotten and has developed into a whining, moody and indolent adolescent, kept in a solitary enclosure……maybe suffering silently…..
     

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    corallux Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Aproop,

    A lovely write up on one of those cuddly animals so lovingly reared by dedicated Zoo keepers.

    Just shows how a lot of love & affection can turn a Cutie pie into a spoilt brat

    Cannot have a heart to scold this cutie though

    Regards,

    Corallux
     

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