Skip to comments.Knut died of brain disease
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.
Knut in 2007
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.
I know this polar bear is not a dog, yet we treated him as if he were. Is this worthy of a doggie ping?
I don’t know how she knew, but she knew, just the same................
Shame, I didn't know he was a liberal.
It is one traits of man. As if the creature living for four years was a waste.
[ 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.
I agree. I think the mother bear knew, and rejected the cub.
He's lucky. This could have been his fate.
He got four years of life, obviously not anything to sneeze at. Many species of healthy wild creatures often don’t live to four.
Brain problems. Brought on, of course, by global warming. All polar bears will suffer the same fate.
Bingo. Mother knew best.
One sniff told her, that boy ain’t right.
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.
Mad bear disease?
Ugh, that’s not pleasant to watch. Yeah, pretty obvious he was having a serious problem even before he went into convulsions.
Seems rather sudden for a brain disease. A cerebral hemmorhage causes sudden death but it is usually not called a disease.
Mama Bear: “Somebody get rid of him! He’s got stinky brains.”
Ursine Spongiform Encephalitis?
“Knut died of brain disease.”
***Shame, I didn’t know he was a liberal.***
Yep. Another victim of glo-bull warming heat stroke!
The natives there were used to seeing it and called it the ‘turning sickness’.
Some sort of...wait for it...Bi-POLAR disorder? *rimshot*
Mad Cow disease?
Durn your hide, you beat me to it!
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.
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?
I read about that too — in a Wilbur Smith novel.
He was a liberal?
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.
Watched the video... sad seeing him go down like that.
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.
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.
I wonder if that’s why a couple years ago they said he had some kind of psychological or adjustment disorder at the time?
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.
Dunno! Maybe that is why the other bears chased him away.
He wasn’t. He had a brain.
This is why you keep Charlie Sheen away from the zoo.
showing all the signs of a stroke...
Looks like it could have been an epilepsy attack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That was almost as bad as an unsuspecting photo of Helen Thomas. It hurt just as much.
ping for later
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?
I KNEW that somehow Algore was involved!
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