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Knut died of brain disease
South Africa News 24 ^ | 3-22-11

Posted on 03/22/2011 12:25:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Berlin - Germany's best-loved animal star, the polar bear Knut, died of brain disease, the Berlin zoo where he was born and raised announced on Tuesday.

Knut, who became a global media sensation, died unexpectedly on Saturday, aged four. He keeled over and fell into the water in his enclosure in front of horrified zoo visitors.

The zoo identified the cause of death after carrying out an autopsy on Monday.

Knut had been a constant attraction after he was rejected by his mother at birth and hand-raised by zoo keepers.

Environmental campaigners had blamed his death on the conditions of captivity at the zoo.


TOPICS: Germany; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: polarbears
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1 posted on 03/22/2011 12:25:52 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Knut in 2007

2 posted on 03/22/2011 12:27:53 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
His mother knew.

Survival of the fittest? The Left is uncomfortable with the concept, unless it is discussed in the context of Evolution and why we-don't-need-God-anymore. But if the Left sees a cuddly polar bear, they rescue it because they like to set themselves up as God and rescue the baby animals that cruel nature has rejected.

3 posted on 03/22/2011 12:29:57 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Joe 6-pack

I know this polar bear is not a dog, yet we treated him as if he were. Is this worthy of a doggie ping?


4 posted on 03/22/2011 12:32:35 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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5 posted on 03/22/2011 12:32:43 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I don’t know how she knew, but she knew, just the same................


6 posted on 03/22/2011 12:33:01 PM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Knut died of brain disease.

Shame, I didn't know he was a liberal.

7 posted on 03/22/2011 12:34:29 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
they rescue it because they like to set themselves up as God and rescue the baby animals that cruel nature has rejected.

Leftist?

It is one traits of man. As if the creature living for four years was a waste.

8 posted on 03/22/2011 12:36:36 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: ClearCase_guy

[ Survival of the fittest? The Left is uncomfortable with the concept, unless it is discussed in the context of Evolution and why we-don’t-need-God-anymore. But if the Left sees a cuddly polar bear, they rescue it because they like to set themselves up as God and rescue the baby animals that cruel nature has rejected. ]

The left loves the idea of Intelligent Design when they use it.


9 posted on 03/22/2011 12:39:31 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Red Badger

I agree. I think the mother bear knew, and rejected the cub.


10 posted on 03/22/2011 12:40:33 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He's lucky. This could have been his fate.

11 posted on 03/22/2011 12:41:24 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: ClearCase_guy

He got four years of life, obviously not anything to sneeze at. Many species of healthy wild creatures often don’t live to four.


12 posted on 03/22/2011 12:42:16 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Brain problems. Brought on, of course, by global warming. All polar bears will suffer the same fate.


13 posted on 03/22/2011 12:43:39 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Bingo. Mother knew best.
One sniff told her, that boy ain’t right.


14 posted on 03/22/2011 12:47:58 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; All

Here is video of his final moments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=o9P_gUtZN-E

He is clearly uncomfortable before collapsing.


15 posted on 03/22/2011 12:48:25 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Mad bear disease?


16 posted on 03/22/2011 12:48:25 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Retired Greyhound

Ugh, that’s not pleasant to watch. Yeah, pretty obvious he was having a serious problem even before he went into convulsions.

}:-)4


17 posted on 03/22/2011 12:53:23 PM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Seems rather sudden for a brain disease. A cerebral hemmorhage causes sudden death but it is usually not called a disease.


18 posted on 03/22/2011 12:57:57 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Mama Bear: “Somebody get rid of him! He’s got stinky brains.”


19 posted on 03/22/2011 1:00:32 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: fso301

Ursine Spongiform Encephalitis?


20 posted on 03/22/2011 1:02:07 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry ("I've got tiger blood and Adonis DNA!")
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To: Navy Patriot; afraidfortherepublic

“Knut died of brain disease.”

***Shame, I didn’t know he was a liberal.***

Yep. Another victim of glo-bull warming heat stroke!


21 posted on 03/22/2011 1:02:30 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Visit the TOMMY FRANKS MILITARY MUSEUM in HOBART, OK. I did, well worth it!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Years ago I read about a parasite that infected Wilda beast populations. It lived in the brain of the animal and eventually created so much brain damage that the animal could not keep its balance or function in a normal way. The animal would turn all around just like that video and then collapse. Predators knew too, the least behavior which is unusual signals that the animal is weak or ailing. The predators target THAT one out of the entire herd.

The natives there were used to seeing it and called it the ‘turning sickness’.

22 posted on 03/22/2011 1:02:51 PM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Some sort of...wait for it...Bi-POLAR disorder? *rimshot*


23 posted on 03/22/2011 1:03:29 PM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Germany's best-loved animal star, the polar bear Knut, died of brain disease

Mad Cow disease?

24 posted on 03/22/2011 1:05:06 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: thefactor

Durn your hide, you beat me to it!


25 posted on 03/22/2011 1:05:16 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Visit the TOMMY FRANKS MILITARY MUSEUM in HOBART, OK. I did, well worth it!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
His mother knew.

There's no evidence to support that. An interesting theory nonetheless.

Wild animals kept in captivity can be good educators for children and society. The problem starts when people start to speak with authority on the reasons for population changes of certain species - much like some have done regarding polar bears.

26 posted on 03/22/2011 1:06:09 PM PDT by Fury
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
One sniff told her

Or some other mechanism we don't understand. If we could figure it out it might lead to tech that would allow for non-invasive diagnosis. Kinda like Doc McCoy's ...uhhh...tricorder?

27 posted on 03/22/2011 1:06:59 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: SMARTY

I read about that too — in a Wilbur Smith novel.


28 posted on 03/22/2011 1:07:37 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Knut died of brain disease

He was a liberal?

29 posted on 03/22/2011 1:09:15 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Retired Greyhound

How sad!


30 posted on 03/22/2011 1:09:59 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Moose4
Ugh, that’s not pleasant to watch

Yes, viewed and was very sad. I hope that parents would take the opportunity to educate their children that all animals are subject to disease and some may die suddenly. It's nature.

Checked nestboxes this weekend and found the same female Eastern Screech Owl that's been in the box the last two years. Also found feathers of Eastern Bluebirds, Slate Colored Juncos, etc in the next box. Nature is beautiful - but stark in terms of survival.

31 posted on 03/22/2011 1:10:39 PM PDT by Fury
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Watched the video... sad seeing him go down like that.


32 posted on 03/22/2011 1:10:56 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Without a doubt his mom knew. I’ve witness his several times with cats. If there’s something wrong with the baby, they abandon it. The abandoned kittens are a good example- one was deaf and another one died kidney failure at age 2. Both were moved several times by mama kitty. She knew.


33 posted on 03/22/2011 1:14:57 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It makes sense actually. You wonder if it is something that simple, how the zoo vets could miss the diagnosis.

I don’t think it would take the parasite 4 years to destroy the brain.


34 posted on 03/22/2011 1:15:55 PM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: SMARTY

I wonder if that’s why a couple years ago they said he had some kind of psychological or adjustment disorder at the time?


35 posted on 03/22/2011 1:22:49 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: afraidfortherepublic

One of my dogs (Aladdin) has Canine Epilepsy. He has had attacks since he was about 2 yrs old he is eight now. He has been on meds all this time. If you have not been around a big dog (125 lbs) having an seizure it can be very frightening. They can come at any time day or night and he is completely helpless during the attack and very disoriented for an hour or so after wards.


36 posted on 03/22/2011 1:23:55 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: GnuHere

Dunno! Maybe that is why the other bears chased him away.


37 posted on 03/22/2011 1:24:40 PM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Navy Patriot

He wasn’t. He had a brain.


38 posted on 03/22/2011 1:26:35 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is why you keep Charlie Sheen away from the zoo.


39 posted on 03/22/2011 1:27:11 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Retired Greyhound

showing all the signs of a stroke...


40 posted on 03/22/2011 1:31:44 PM PDT by tcrlaf (2012 Slogan: "You'd Have To Be Insane, To Vote For Hussein!")
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To: SMARTY

Looks like it could have been an epilepsy attack.


41 posted on 03/22/2011 1:32:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I’m sorry to hear about Aladdin. I had a Schnauzer who had that, and it can be tough to deal with. I had to be on guard with meds all the time. The object was to prevent an attack because each attack makes the disease a little bit worse. We finally had to put him down when he started snapping at people in the family.


42 posted on 03/22/2011 1:33:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ClearCase_guy
His mother knew.

Possibly, if it was there then. It's also possible that this was something that onset later.

It's interesting, though... aren't there some studies of dogs being able, with some training, to detect certain cancers in people? It's amazing to imagine what the world must be like for an animal with such hypersensitive senses.

43 posted on 03/22/2011 1:40:40 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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It's interesting, though... aren't there some studies of dogs being able, with some training, to detect certain cancers in people? It's amazing to imagine what the world must be like for an animal with such hypersensitive senses.

Right concept but wrong animal. The feline limbic system is fine-tuned to be able to detect human cancer. They can actually smell out cancer cells. That's how they developed the CAT scan.

I'll be here all week. Try the roast beef.

44 posted on 03/22/2011 1:45:23 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (HEY UNION MEMBER: INVEST IN YOUR OWN DAMN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A CHANGE!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What’s really sad is that the zookeeper who took care of him for the first two years, died of a heart attack, at the age of 44.


45 posted on 03/22/2011 1:45:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Retired Greyhound

That video is heartbreaking. I cried... wonder if it was rabies, maybe worms from tainted meat... awful video. I’m going home and hugging my dogs.


46 posted on 03/22/2011 2:04:12 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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“Right concept but wrong animal. The feline limbic system is fine-tuned to be able to detect human cancer. They can actually smell out cancer cells. That's how they developed the CAT scan.
I'll be here all week. Try the roast beef.”

That was almost as bad as an unsuspecting photo of Helen Thomas. It hurt just as much.

47 posted on 03/22/2011 3:16:51 PM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: JRios1968

ping for later


48 posted on 03/22/2011 3:45:55 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Brain disease? Too bad a number of turd world dictators with brain disease don’t keel over. It’s not a just world, is it?


49 posted on 03/22/2011 4:05:43 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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"Mad bear disease?"

I KNEW that somehow Algore was involved!

50 posted on 03/22/2011 6:10:37 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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