Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Sad Story of Knut the Polar Bear
Remember little Knut....the darling of the Berlin Zoo?
How everybody went crazy over him until he grew up and suddenly he wasn't quite so cute.
And then people stopped coming to see him ..... even though he missed them.
So now they're calling him a psycho.
"He is a problem bear, who will never mate and has become addicted to human company and their delighted applause.
"He howls and cries if there's no one out there to show off to [you can hear him from the zoo entrance], and as soon as spectators come, he calms down and starts performing. It's like a circus."
Some of his former fans have turned against him.
Anti-Knut graffiti started popping up on Berlin walls. An internet game was launched challenging players to compete for "Knut steaks" and earn 300 points every Knut they blasted with a shotgun.
And it's not going to get any better.
"He's still young and playful but it's already affecting him mentally and physically and soon he'll just pace about all day and the public won't like that quite so much."
The zoo made a heap of money....the fans went crazy over him. And then deserted him.
Now all we have is a poor sad bear.
Who still looks cute to me.
And three obvious conclusions:
The road to hell ... for humans and bears...is sometimes paved with good intentions.
Humans are a really fucked up species.
And bears don't belong in zoos...