Grant had marked a blog entry in his google reader.
It explains how Knut (the once cute Polar Bear cub at the Berlin Zoo who is now a sub-adult) fished out 10 carp from the water in his enclosure and killed them and played about with their remains. Apparently this has pissed off all kinds of people. It’s in the BBC, Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and a few others too.
Last time I checked, this Knut was a Polar Bear. And Polar Bears, like humans, are prone to “killing for the enjoyment of killing.” They also attack just about anything (submarines anyone?). I really wish people would understand that he is not a cute wittle teddy bear to curl up with at night. He’s a carnivore that will attack first then ask questions if it wasn’t something edible.
Even your household cat will eat birds, squirrles, mice, etc if it feels like it. Dogs will go out and kill cats or whatever sometimes too. This is not something “gross” and “should be stopped.” It’s called “natural.” Yeesh. Let’s all take a field trip down to the meat packing industry and have a look at what we do to animals so we can eat them.