Beloved Knut

March 21, 2011 by Post Team 

Beloved Knut, (CBS News) video hit the Internet in the death of the loved, the famous polar bare Knut at Berlin Zoo. Knut has been on the premises on Saturday afternoon when he suddenly collapsed in front of more than visitors. He was only 4 years.

The amateur video shows the bear walking in circles, stirring, then collapses into the water. The Bears struggled in the water for a few seconds and then the water suddenly becomes still.

Heiner Kloes zookeeper told the press, the zoo staff was shocked. One moment he was in the water and the other, he was dead. He said Knut was not sick, and they do not know why he died.
On “The Early Show” Monday, CBS News correspondent and resident veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner Bell said Knut has captured the hearts of millions of people worldwide in 2007. As a baby, “said Bell, Knut’s mother rejected him, leaving him in the hands of zookeepers. The polar bear never to be raised by humans, Knut has become an instant sensation of three million visitors a year, his own feature film and even a cover photo on the magazine Vanity Fair.

Bell reported increased adorable teddy bear attached to his human guardians. However, as he aged – and more – it became too big and dangerous to interact with humans, leading critics to speculate that he was lonely and depressed.

“The Early Show” Knut visited in, and asked the guards if he lived in a healthy environment.

Zoo vet Andre Schuele Berlin said at the time, “He is not addicted to the man and he does not miss the guards and he is happy with this situation.”

As visitors mourn the loss of the adorable bear and veterinarians prepare for a necropsy – the animal version of an autopsy – blame animal rights activists are placing on the zoo.

Ashley Byrne, a campaigner for the elderly for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said: “Knut has been observed to display behaviors that indicated he had gone mad from confinement. He was constantly and rocked, and it was obvious to anyone who knew what to find that the captive was driving crazy. ”

Bell noted, taking into account the polar bears typically live 20 to years in captivity, whatever the reason behind the death of Knut, one thing is clear: It has come too soon.

Bell said an autopsy today on Knut might reveal some preliminary results, if the cause of death was a structural defect of his anatomy, like a heart defect. But she said it could be days or weeks before a final decision can be made.

She added, “For a young bare hardy, all indications is that he was healthy, his behavior was normal and he reached his teens, his first. So it should not be been a candidate to die. When they are very young, they are vulnerable to death. But he got past that point. ”

Co-host Chris Wragge said: “The animal rights activists feel that perhaps the treatment there, living in captivity is not good for these animals. You were here in Berlin, what do you think? ”

Bell said: “I absolutely was. I’ve seen. There seemed to be a normal, healthy young bear. He did not (display) the behavior that they speak. In fact, he smiled for the visitors when there were people there. He came. He waved. He rose. He swam in the pool to be closer to them as possible. Very curious. So it is unlikely that his circumstances, being in captivity, are the reason for his death. Of course, we will not know until they do the autopsy and obtain the results back. ”
Bell said an autopsy is very similar to an autopsy.

She said: “They will take samples of tissue. They will take samples of blood. They will test for toxicity, compare structural defects. And hopefully we’ll know something. “

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