Knut Is Disturbed, Having Panic Attacks
Polar bear is imitating tourists, acting abnormally
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2010 9:14 AM CDT
Polar bear Knut eats his birthday presents in his outdoor enclosure in the zoo in Berlin, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Knut received an ice cake decorated with fish for his 3rd birthday.   (AP Photo/Franka Bruns)

(Newser) – World-famous polar bear Knut is suffering panic attacks thanks to his life in captivity, say scientists…PETA scientists, that is. Knut and Gianna, his companion at the Berlin Zoo, “are definitely displaying behavioral problems,” one researcher tells AFP. Among his apparent issues: Panic attacks, swaying to and fro, and imitating picture-taking tourists by taking pictures with his paws.

PETA adds that many captive polar bears show similar signs; birth rates are falling, and so is life expectancy. The agency “therefore calls for an immediate halt to breeding and in the long term, an end to keeping polar bears in Germany.” A rep from the zoo calls the claims “ridiculous.” As for how Knut feels? Well, remember, PETA did recently call for him to be castrated

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Jun 19, 2010 1:31 AM CDT
PETA's problems are simple. They are idealogues who sit in committees in a room somewhere and decide on actions to take based solely upon the litmus test of the purity of their idealogy. Then when the actions come out into the real world they come off to the general public as the product of a bunch of lunatics. In that regard they are not much different than the GOP, the Tea Partiers, or Al Qaeda.
Jun 18, 2010 11:31 PM CDT
attention peta without the presence of zoo breeding programs many of gods creatures will vanish form the earth and as for you why do you guys euthanize thousands of pets a year /
Jun 18, 2010 8:13 PM CDT
Imitating tourists? That's adorable! Mentally-disturbed animals do not do adorable things. Case closed