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Man mauled after trying to have picnic with bear in Swiss zoo
http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^

Posted on 11/25/2009 11:22:48 AM PST by marthemaria

A man was just moments away from death as he hung in the jaws of a bear he tried to have a picnic with in a Swiss zoo. But in the end it was the bear who ended up fighting for his life after police shot it in order to save the life of the uninvited intruder into his enclosure.

These dramatic photographs were taken by a visitor to the Bern Park, Switzerland, on Sunday when Finn, a European brown bear aged four, suddenly realised the unwanted human guest in his home.

The 25-year-old man's bid to party with Finn mirrors a similar escapade in Berlin Zoo in Germany on Good Friday this year when Mandy Knobloch, 32, jumped in to swim with the polar bears.

She was severely mauled but rescued before keepers had to open fire on the bears.

Finn was not so lucky. As his massive jaws – capable of crushing steel – and eight-inch fangs that can rip flesh like paper sank into his prey, police had to act fast to save the life of his prey.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 11/25/2009 11:22:48 AM PST by marthemaria
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To: marthemaria

Never feed a bear a marshmallow like this


2 posted on 11/25/2009 11:24:09 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: marthemaria

Darwin Award winner?


3 posted on 11/25/2009 11:24:35 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing Freeper)
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To: marthemaria

Are they sure this wasn’t Obama? He thinks we can picnic with our enemies around the world.


4 posted on 11/25/2009 11:25:30 AM PST by DoughtyOne (A MELTING POT not a potters wheel. Join us. Don't try to turn this nation into the one you fled.)
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To: marthemaria

It wasn’t his pray, the bear was just having pervert on a platter.


5 posted on 11/25/2009 11:25:48 AM PST by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: marthemaria

It is liberalism/environmentalism that is trying to turn our natural and healthy view of wild animals as predators into seeing them as loving, caring, sympathetic and gentle teddy bears we can cuddle and hug.

And, at this point, I have to agree with Savage. Liberalism IS a mental disorder.


6 posted on 11/25/2009 11:25:58 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: marthemaria

Yogi hosts a new game show - Are You Smarter Than The Average Bear?


7 posted on 11/25/2009 11:25:58 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: marthemaria

Stupid is as stupid does.


8 posted on 11/25/2009 11:26:28 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: marthemaria
DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!..........
9 posted on 11/25/2009 11:26:39 AM PST by Red Badger (Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of environmentalism. He belongs in jail. - Unknown Blogger)
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To: marthemaria

They shot the bear to save the worthless life of a lunatic...


10 posted on 11/25/2009 11:26:45 AM PST by max americana (i)
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To: marthemaria

The nitwit antagonizes the bear and the bear gets shot?


11 posted on 11/25/2009 11:26:54 AM PST by fortunate sun (Newt who?)
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To: marthemaria

Here’s ur sign!


12 posted on 11/25/2009 11:27:10 AM PST by CholeraJoe (I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter.)
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To: marthemaria

How it was supposed to be.

13 posted on 11/25/2009 11:27:16 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: marthemaria

i like the end of the story “Police and zoo officials say there has been an outpouring of public sympathy after the incident – for the bear.”


14 posted on 11/25/2009 11:27:47 AM PST by darkside321
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To: Hegemony Cricket

15 posted on 11/25/2009 11:27:56 AM PST by Red Badger (Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of environmentalism. He belongs in jail. - Unknown Blogger)
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To: marthemaria

I love this paragraph:

Police and zoo officials say there has been an outpouring of public sympathy after the incident – for the bear.


16 posted on 11/25/2009 11:28:12 AM PST by BuckyKat
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To: marthemaria
” As his massive jaws – capable of crushing steel – and eight-inch fangs that can rip flesh like paper ....”

Is that a bear, or the t-rex from Jurassic Park? Idiot reporter.

17 posted on 11/25/2009 11:28:26 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: marthemaria

When there's Wild Turkey in the picnic basket, stay clear of Yogi!

18 posted on 11/25/2009 11:28:33 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: fortunate sun

If you go out in the ZOO today,
You’d better not go alone.
It’s lovely out in the ZOO today,
But safer to stay at home.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic


19 posted on 11/25/2009 11:29:52 AM PST by catman67
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To: marthemaria

“Police and zoo officials say there has been an outpouring of public sympathy after the incident – for the bear.”

In this case I have to agree, I feel bad for the bear.


20 posted on 11/25/2009 11:29:54 AM PST by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: marthemaria

To quote my father:

“Sometimes, stupidity is it’s own reward.”


21 posted on 11/25/2009 11:30:16 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: marthemaria
Police were left with little option but to open fire, they said. Yet they used a fragmentation bullet, the kind which splinters inside the target.

Finn is critically ill but veterinarians are unable to operate because of the number of splinters caused by the bullet.

Kick butt! I hope the idiot lives in massive pain for his purposeful stupidity.

22 posted on 11/25/2009 11:33:47 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: marthemaria

You can’t blame the bear on this one!


23 posted on 11/25/2009 11:34:17 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: max americana
I agree. Let the bear maul the idiot. When the bear is done enough to be lured away, scrape up the remains and give them to the person's family. Saving a lunatic who jumps into a bear enclosure's life by killing the bear is idiotic.
24 posted on 11/25/2009 11:36:46 AM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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To: ConservativeMind

Finn was the bear, not the idiot.


25 posted on 11/25/2009 11:37:23 AM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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To: marthemaria

“and eight-inch fangs that can rip flesh like paper sank into his prey”

Uh, I can’t buy this one. Don’t think that polar bears, usually much much larger, are even close to 8”.

8 cm (3 1/2 inches) I could believe.


26 posted on 11/25/2009 11:37:30 AM PST by TWohlford
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To: marthemaria

Teddy Bear’s Picnic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuNf70eV6sY


27 posted on 11/25/2009 11:41:28 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: allmendream
Finn was the bear, not the idiot.

ARGGH! My goof!

I was hoping the idiot guy was unable to be operated on.
28 posted on 11/25/2009 11:42:01 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: marthemaria

If you go down to the zoo today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the zoo today
You’d better go in disguise.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Ev’ry teddy bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
That’s the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any cares;

At six o’clock their mummies and daddies,
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little teddy bears.

If you go down to the zoo today
You’d better not go alone.
It’s lovely down at the zoo today
But safer to stay at home.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.


29 posted on 11/25/2009 11:42:51 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

Um, funny.


30 posted on 11/25/2009 11:43:06 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Airlines can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: catman67

Oh, good. I’m not the only insane one here. I thought the entire song worked even better.


31 posted on 11/25/2009 11:43:59 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: marthemaria

32 posted on 11/25/2009 11:44:58 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

33 posted on 11/25/2009 11:45:13 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: marthemaria

The bear got a raw deal...


34 posted on 11/25/2009 11:45:46 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Darwin Award winner?

Treadwell Award winner, third class.

35 posted on 11/25/2009 11:46:31 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (If CRU was a brokerage house it'd be called Madoff Associates.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
The bear got a raw deal...

Obama wants to try him in New York...

36 posted on 11/25/2009 11:49:18 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (If CRU was a brokerage house it'd be called Madoff Associates.)
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To: marthemaria

Liberalism is a mental disorder.


37 posted on 11/25/2009 11:50:20 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: marthemaria

Hey, the bear enjoyed the lunch...50% approval isn’t that bad...


38 posted on 11/25/2009 11:51:29 AM PST by Fedupwithit (The Constitution was written with a pen, and it was enforced with a gun. No one listens to a pen.)
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To: MrB

That headline should read...”Man mauled for being stupid”


39 posted on 11/25/2009 11:55:57 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: marthemaria

It was utterly immoral to harm the bear in this situation. The bear is being held captive by and for the benefit of humans, and one idiot human comes along and decides to do something incredibly stupid and dangerous. The stupid human should pay the price for this, not the innocent and sensible bear. This human should have all his assets and future earnings confiscated until all the bills for the bear’s state-of-the-art veterinary care have been paid for.


40 posted on 11/25/2009 11:57:57 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: darkside321
It's heartening to see that so many people understand that the bear was just acting like a bear. The human, on the other hand, was acting like a fool.
41 posted on 11/25/2009 11:58:05 AM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: marthemaria
the problem was that he had the wrong bear..


42 posted on 11/25/2009 11:59:20 AM PST by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: marthemaria

Never take weenies and tater salad to a bear fight.


43 posted on 11/25/2009 12:00:06 PM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
More on the Bern Bear Brunch.


44 posted on 11/25/2009 12:01:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: ConservativeMind

I laughed when I pictured the idiot being operated on by veterinarians. I just hope they neutered him.


45 posted on 11/25/2009 12:06:43 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: marthemaria; Slings and Arrows
Look who's ready to eat...


46 posted on 11/25/2009 12:09:45 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: marthemaria

When are people going to realize that bears are not warm, soft, cuddly creatures? Bears are wild animals that will kill and eat humans as easily as a rabbit.


47 posted on 11/25/2009 12:12:17 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: max americana

My thoughts exactly. What happened to not disturbing the natural order of things. The bear was only doing what a bear does. Why punish him for that. Its not like he was running through town eating people. He was in his cage minding his own business when some idiot decided to have a picnic with him.

I bet the idiot never knew he was on the menu.

TheArizona


48 posted on 11/25/2009 12:17:25 PM PST by TheArizona
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To: max americana

My thoughts exactly. What happened to not disturbing the natural order of things. The bear was only doing what a bear does. Why punish him for that? Its not like he was running through town eating people. He was in his cage minding his own business when some idiot decided to have a picnic with him.

I bet the idiot never knew he was on the menu.

TheArizona


49 posted on 11/25/2009 12:17:31 PM PST by TheArizona
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To: marthemaria

Aw, poor bear. Police did what they had to do, but it’s a shame that the animal is likely to die (they apparently can’t remove all the bullet fragments) as the result of some jagoff’s stupidity.

I truly do not understand what part of “wild animal” these buffoons do not understand. Nature is majestic, and often beautiful. It can also be deadly and does not conform to the cute and fuzzy notions held by idiots like the guy in this story.


50 posted on 11/25/2009 12:18:45 PM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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