Today, a lesson in famous German animals…
In 2006 there was Knut, a polar bear who was born in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden. Rejected by his mother at birth, he was raised by zookeepers. He was the first polar bear cub to survive past infancy at the Berlin Zoo in more than 30 years. Controversy surrounded the baby bear as animal rights activists argued the bear should have died after his mother’s rejection as would happen in nature. But the Berlin Zoo rallied in support of the baby polar bear, vowing not to harm him and rejecting the suggestion that it would be kinder to euthanise him. The publicity from media coverage of this case quickly raised Knut’s profile from national to international - a furry white star was born! Sadly, on 19 March 2011, Knut unexpectedly died at the age of four. His death was caused by drowning after he collapsed into his enclosure’s pool while suffering from encephalitis
In 2010 there was Paul, the prognosticating octopus, an eight legged oracle, enthralled millions of people by correctly predicting the outcome of eight World Cup matches. Paul’s caretakers would drape boxes in his tank with the national flags of teams that were set to play. The boxes contained octopus food, and the humans watched to see which box Paul would open first. He died of “natural causes” a few months later…one has to wonder whether the stress of his recent job had taken its toll.
And now Til, the very cute earless bunny. Check the little guy out HERE. Sadly, only 17 day old, Til’s life was brought to an abrupt end when a cameraman, who was filming a story on the unique bunny with a genetic defect, accidentally stepped on him…poor bunny.