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Wed, Jan 16 | By Matt Van Hoven | 726

PASSAU, Germany – A polar bear cub living at the Nuremberg zoo has been saved by zoo officials following outcry from the public. The cub's mother had apparently already eaten two other cubs and was behaving “nervously,” indicating it may eat th… more ›

German Polar Bear Saved from Mother
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

How sad for the other cubs.

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

sad story for the cubs that lost their lives, not sure why animals do this but they do it for a reason. maybe had it not been locked up it wouldn't have done that.

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

The stress of Global warming and lack of ice pack and food is a cause of wild polar bears eating their young. I wonder if the stress of being held captive in small enclosures of a zoo leads to this behavior in captive polar bears?

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

It would be interesting to compare the captive behaviours with the wild bears. I am glad they saved the cub but I would certainly be concerned if they would breed the mother again. I am sad about the polar bears and how few there are left in the wild.

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Barbara B.
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Barbara B.
6 years ago

I wonder why they are eating their own cubs. Maybe the zoo is not feeding them right. Or also they can be treated badly in the zoo and don't want their cubs going through the same. They are taking their cubs out of danger! Atleast they finally decided to save the cub. They should do some research on why the mother bears are reacting like this!

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Stephanie O.
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Stephanie O.
6 years ago

Oh god this story is so sad. I'm glad they decided to rescue Flocke, but the cannibalism amongst polar bears due to a lack of food due to global warming due to US is just horrifying.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

I could understand the mother eating the cubs if they felt their was something wrong with them, but it doesn't sound like there was in this case. At least the one little babe was saved.

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Dora  B.
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Dora B.
6 years ago

Polar bears don't eat penguins for the simple reason that they live at opposite ends of the globe. Polar bears live at the north pole. Most penguins live at the south pole. A few live further than the pole itself, but no penguins live anywhere in the northern hemisphere.

I can't believe they would print a whopper that size!

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I am glad the cub was saved, but hope she will be able to adjust.

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

Maybe the bear was stressed from being on public display with her babies?

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

Maybe if they were in their natural habitat instead of the zoo they wouldn't have eaten their cubs.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
6 years ago

So glad this cub was saved.

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Alex J.
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Alex J.
6 years ago

What kind of mother would eat her cubs and all 3

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c j.
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c j.
6 years ago

poor cub

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Just not right.

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

Save the cub, already!

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

I am glad they were able to save at least one.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Bless them for saving the last cub!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Annemarie S.
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Annemarie S.
6 years ago

Obviously there is still a lot about animal behavior to be learned.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
6 years ago

I for one am glad that they didn't let nature take it's course. They are in a zoo, how natural is that for these polar bears?

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

I understand the reasoning behind letting nature take it's course, but it's a zoo. The truth is that it's a controlled setting. I think the smartest decision would be to have this baby cub be saved from it's mother.

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Katie A.
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Katie A.
6 years ago

not sure why they woud want to "let natur take its course" in a controlld setting the the zoo

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

Best of luck to this baby cub. I hope it can live a happy and fruitful life after being raised by humans. Often the ability to interact with other bears etc. is impacted when humans intervene. There is insufficient information to determine why the initial impression of zookeepers were not to intervene regardless. It may be due to difficulties in the future due to human raising.

But for now it is safe and I hope all is well in the future for this beautiful creature.

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Flowerhead910
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Flowerhead910
6 years ago

I'm glad they stepped in to save it. We need all the polar bears.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Sad situation. It's hard to understand why a mamma bear or any other would do this to their babies.

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

I hope they do more research into the reason the bears in this particular zoo are doing this.

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Smlhelps
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Smlhelps
6 years ago

Im Glad they were able to save the baby cub. hope she is all right.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

If it would have happened in the wild no one would have known about. I am glad they intervened but they shouldn't have waited a long as they did. Maybe being in captivity messes up animals natural instinct. What is natural about being locked up. We try to have zoos as natural as possible but it is just not the same.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

You may be on to something. A comparison study between the wild and the captured would be interesting.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

This of course is a sad sad story. Just maybe the cub's mother felt intuitively that her babies were better off dead than living an unnatural life in captivity.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Oh my, how sad for all

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Blrudolph
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Blrudolph
6 years ago

I'm glad zoo personnel intervened.

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

Ugh!! Nature in the raw. These animals really don't belong in a zoo, but society is not going to outlaw zoos, so liv ewith the consequences.

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Colin  S.
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Colin S.
6 years ago

glad the baby is now safe

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Chancesboy
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Chancesboy
6 years ago

Sometimes its better to let nature take its own course. While not natural for them to be living in a zoo and this might affect how they react, it still seems like the mother knows best.

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Arb1752
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Arb1752
6 years ago

does this happen in the wild to

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

glad they intervened.

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Absit
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Absit
6 years ago

i dont see why she would eat them if she was being feed enough

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

This is what results from keeping a wild animal in an unnatural situation, unnatural behavior. This happens a great deal with captive breeding. The problem is only exacerbated when the cub is hand raised by humans, this decreases the chances it will be able to raise its own young should it reproduce. I am not saying they should not have saved the poor thing, just that this is the outcome when we keep these animals in captivity. Even the best captive environments are inadequate, especially for a species like polar bears that roam across great distances.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

great story

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

its weird that the mother at the 2 other cubs. its good that they saved the other cub

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MeanKitty
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MeanKitty
6 years ago

i alwasy feel so emotional when i hear about mothers eating their young like this save the babies there is no harm in hand raising any animal to save it from death

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I'm glad they intervened and saved the cub's life. It was the right thing to do.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

Maybe the mother shouldn't have any more cubs.I agree they should save the cub.

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

So glad they were able to save one cub. I hope they are able to find out why the mothers are doing this so that something can be done to prevent it from happening at the zoos. I understand it more in the wild.

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Megpop
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Megpop
6 years ago

I don't think the rules of nature apply in a zoo, anyway-it's not the bear's natural environment. I'm glad they saved this cub.

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Liz M.
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Liz M.
6 years ago

I don't understand why the zoo officials would let nature take it's course. I would think that since polar bear numbers are threatened more and more due to climate troubles taking away polar bear habitat, that we want to have as many polar bears as possible survive to adulthood. Who cares if they are in zoos or in the wild? As long as this little bear is well taken care of, I don't see a problem.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

I am glad that they saved this little one. Polar bears need all the help they can get right now.

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donna w.
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donna w.
6 years ago

with polar bear habitat decreasing and the populations doing the same, saving every cub is important.

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

I read these articles backwards. But I'm glad the baby was separated from the mother. I hope the mom is doing okay also.

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Sandeecbell
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Sandeecbell
6 years ago

I remember when they saved Knut. Every one was in an uproar saying they should have let nature take its course. Seems the general public has changed its mind. If predictions are accurate, they should save every polar bear cub they can before we lose them all to global warning.

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