Monday, April 13, 2009
Knute is So Cute...
I just wanted to go swimming with him...
An amateur video shows zookeepers in Berlin trying to drag a woman from the water after she supposedly jumped into a polar bear exhibit.
Amazingly, Americans have not yet cornered the market on 'idiot'...
Onlookers said the polar bears playfully tugged her while she tried to escape. The woman suffered bites to her arms and legs.
Other news reports described the attack as 'brutal' - after viewing the video, I'll go with playful. In the way only a thousand-pound wild predator can be.
Workers distracted the bears by throwing meat and pushing them away with sticks. The woman was treated at a nearby hospital.
Why? It was 'feeding time'. Dead fish gets dull pretty quick, and zoos seem to have some strange issue about keeping the seals and penguins in separate enclosures, so what's a massive carnivore to do?
It's unclear how the woman got in the water, but a witness said she just jumped in.
Perhaps it was part of an Animal Enrichment program. Caged animals get quite bored and can suffer stress. This was the coolest thing they had seen in quite some time. They'd like to welcome their new playmate back soon. Tell those guys with the pesky poles and life preservers to stay home next time.