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Famed Polar Bear, Knut, Faces Eviction by Zoo
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jackson c.
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jackson c.
5 years ago

thats terrible

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Suzanne L.
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Suzanne L.
5 years ago

Did they not think ahead for the future of this guy? I would like to see an update.

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

Geez...don't they have a responsibility to him?

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Lruder
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Lruder
5 years ago

I believe this was another example of caging a wild animal for profit. They obviously never thought about future implications--their only concern was the profit made in the here and now. Once again, the animal will suffer when all is said and done? Shame on them!

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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

Well at least there are zoos that want him. He was such an attraction as a baby, it would be awful if nobody wanted him now.

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Abbeyoyo
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Abbeyoyo
5 years ago

Knut was quite a tourist attraction, the least they could have done is make sure to earmark enough of the revenue he brought in to build his enclosure.

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

I agree, the 27% increse in revenue should have been earmarked for the continuance of his well being. Just a small portion would have taken care of that issue.

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Britta M.
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Britta M.
5 years ago

I think as long as they find him a great new home, I think they should go for it. As they said, they are not looking to sell him for profit, but to provide him a good home.

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Susan P.
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Susan P.
5 years ago

How is this being handled? Any new news? Are they working to improve his home or shipping him out?

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MICHELLE M.
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MICHELLE M.
5 years ago

You would think an animal who brought in a 27% increase in revenue deserves a bigger place and a woman to call his own. Offspring also generate profits, thats what zoos are about

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Rebecca A.
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Rebecca A.
5 years ago

If they don't have the space, it won't be possible. I know there's been talk of Toledo's very own Louie, moving to a new home. He was a bull elephant born at the zoo, bred by AI. He'll be a mature male before long and there just isn't the space of fiancial means to build him a proper enclosure. Toledo has two older females and they've been there forever.

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Nicole P.
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Nicole P.
5 years ago

Surely, they can build on to Knut's holding facility and find him a suitable mate! He seems to be very popular...

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Joanne S.
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Joanne S.
5 years ago

It is important to anticipate the growth and development of the young animals in their care. Long range plans should be in place for the future of these wonderful creatures well in advance, not when pushed to their limits.

We are the stewards of these precious beings and need to take this responsibility to heart.

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Julia C.
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Julia C.
5 years ago

I agree with you 100%. Planning for the future of this bear should have started as soon as they rescued him from his mother! Hopefully another zoo will have a suitable mate and habitat space big enough for them to build a family.

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Maydaze
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Maydaze
5 years ago

It sounds like no matter what this story will have a happy ending.

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Maggiethecat
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Maggiethecat
5 years ago

Ok so Knut was rejected by his natural mother & bottle fed, maybe Knut doesn't have instinctive wild survival skills, nor am I well informed on the effectiveness of captivity vs natural habitat when dealing with animals on the endangered species lists. But I detest zoos that keep wild animals in cages & most do. THAT is not natural, or fair to those animals.
This quote from the article speaks volumes: "...The zoo has credited Knut with a 27 percent increase in visitors in 2007 and profits of nearly euro 6.8 million ($8.6 million)...."
The bottom line is profit & I refuse to help sponsor this inhumane captivity.

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

He'll definitely land on his feet and find a home. I'm surprised the zoo isn't doing more in-house to make room for him, especially with the increases in visitors linked directly to him. That's like throwing away a core competency!!! Sorry, work got the best of me!

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debra t.
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debra t.
5 years ago

Great that there is so much discussion on the wellfare of a polar bear! I'm sure it will result in a great place for him and his future family

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

It sounds like the zoo has Knut's best interests at heart, so whatever they choose will be a reasonable decision. He's the most important in their choice, not the public.

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359doran
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359doran
5 years ago

Do what is best for the bear. Physically and emotionally!

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Angie
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Angie
5 years ago

Ditto - I agree!

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Considering the plight of polar bears in the wild it's more important that Knut fulfill his destiny as a breeding animal than entertainment in a zoo. Send him to another zoo on loan until they can build a proper polar bear exhibit for the display and breeding of polar bears. Then they can have him returned as well as a couple of females of breeding age.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
5 years ago

Hope they find a nice place for him to live. Como Zoo in St Paul, MN has two polar bears. They were not there when I was there last summer I think they were improving the area for them. It was so cool to watch them swim....

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Peg L.
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Peg L.
5 years ago

I agree with the others that the zoo obviously didn't think ahead when the got Knut. Imagine, a bear getting bigger. Hmmm. I do hope that wherever he does go it's for his best interest and not the most profitable.

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Linda R.
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Linda R.
5 years ago

oh a didn't they know he was going to get big?

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Trish D.
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Trish D.
5 years ago

Professional zookeepers are having an issue with an animal getting too big for it's quarters. *sigh* Sounds familiar, like why a lot of dogs are at shelters right now.

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Bryan F.
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Bryan F.
5 years ago

Hmmm...sounds like poor planning on the past of the zoo. Good luck Knut!

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Carolyn C.
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Carolyn C.
5 years ago

I certainly hope they find a mate for Knut so that he can have a little more normalcy in his restricted life.

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Wingnut159
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Wingnut159
5 years ago

The zoo should have thought that Knut would get bigger and he would eventually need a larger space. That was a mistake on their part.

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Kit-Kat
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Kit-Kat
5 years ago

Oh no! i hope he's gonna be ok! its so thoughtless!

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

I hope Knut finds a suitable home where he is properly cared for & has plenty of space. It's a shame that the zoo won't hold a fundraiser themselves, because moving can cause unnecessary stress to him (also, I'm sure the zookeepers will miss him).

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Alicia D.
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Alicia D.
5 years ago

With all this publicity this bear is getting, there's probably a good chance that someone will send the needed funds his way to give him the best life possible.

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Tammy M.
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Tammy M.
5 years ago

I agree, maybe someone will step up with a viable solution.

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Mcfalls97
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Mcfalls97
5 years ago

The most important thing is for him to have a proper enclosure as he grows to adult size.

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EddieWayne
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EddieWayne
5 years ago

Whether a zoo, animal shelter or a private pet, it always comes down to lack of money.

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Matthew L.
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Matthew L.
5 years ago

I think it is much better if they move Knut to a better enclosure, he will be surely missed by his local fans though!

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Amanda  T.
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Amanda T.
5 years ago

well, if they can't keep him I sure hope that they find him a suitable place that will take him!

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norap p.
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norap p.
5 years ago

The zoo probably should have started making arrangements much sooner, though the article indicates they have been talking to one potential location for some time so maybe they did. The most important thing is that the bear be relocated to a suitable environment that will provide him physical care and stimulation so that he might live as "normally" as possible.

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Kendra W.
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Kendra W.
5 years ago

Did the zoo not realize all the potential problems before the cub was born? Seems a little irresponsible to me.

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DawnG01
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DawnG01
5 years ago

I hope things turn out ok for this poor polar bear. You just do not keep him for all these years and then "abandon" him. This being responsible, zoo or no zoo.

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Tammany K.
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Tammany K.
5 years ago

It surprises me that the Zoo would not be doing more to accomadate this bear. Maybe briniging in a suitable mate and building a larger area for the bear.

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sylvia m.
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sylvia m.
5 years ago

polar bears are nice, I hope Knut gets a young lady mate . Pairs are nice.

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VKiggins
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VKiggins
5 years ago

The Polar Bears need all the help they can get. Come on Berlin...a new exhibit is not so hard to handle for your celebrity bear.

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Jaymee76
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Jaymee76
5 years ago

I can't imagine what the people at the zoo were thinking over these past two years. I know that the zoo in St. Louis, MO, had to revamp the elephant enclosure when they had a male born at their zoo if they wanted to be able to keep him. And that's what they did.

I hope they find a good home for Knut.

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Christine
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Christine
5 years ago

I just hate this, it's so sad. I sure hope they get a home for this wonderful animal if he does indeed get "evicted".

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Heather M.
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Heather M.
5 years ago

it's sad that the zoo did not plan in advance for this, but i'm glad that they realize that he doesn't have the space he needs plus the mate...and that they are actively looking for a better home for him.

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Reggae69
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Reggae69
5 years ago

Poor Knut. Was sure a cute cub, and is now a powerful and amazing adult. I hope things work out positively for him.

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Veronica L.
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Veronica L.
5 years ago

This is bull. They should have NEVER gotten such an animal in the first place. Shame on that zoo. Rehoming is extremely stressful for animals.

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Paswiss
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Paswiss
5 years ago

Something doesn't sound quite right here. The zoo has know for 2 years they need to build a new enclosure for their most popular pet. If they had charged $1 extra to see him, guess what--they would have the necessary money now. It almost seems like they want to get rid of him. You know, it's like those peole who love puppies and kittens because they're so cute but when they grow up to be dog and cats they no longer want them. What a horrible way to treat a creature who cannot fend for himself because of the zoo that no longer wants him

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Mary W.
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Mary W.
5 years ago

The zoo is looking for a better place for this bear to live. I'm glad they are not thinking about just being rid of him.

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Ruth W.
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Ruth W.
5 years ago

It's sad that animals have been captured by humans and have to live in tiny spaces anyway. Even if they do build him a new enclosure, he still won't get to do all the happy little bear things like Polar Bears in the wild get to do.

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

It is so sad. They have the wild instinct, and can not ever use it. It's just not the same

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Bud L.
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Bud L.
5 years ago

Sure think they could have been planning Knuts future a little better. Hope they come up with a good solution.

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Karen H.
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Karen H.
5 years ago

Gee, the zoo has known for 2 years that they bear would need a bigger enclosure and Knut has helped them raise over $2 million. So why didn't they start planning a lot earlier on what they could do?

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