Bear, Victim 'Were Just Playing With Each Other'
Owner: Exotic animal compound is safe
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2010 2:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Despite the fact that one of his bears killed caretaker Brent Kandra, Sam Mazzola insists his exotic animal compound is safe and says he will make no changes. He and the rest of his handlers believe the attack was simply an accident and could have happened to any of them, the AP reports. “This was his choice," Mazzola recently told Good Morning America. "If we get injured, it's no different than an airline pilot getting injured."

Mazzola claims the bear—Kandra’s favorite—was just playing with Kandra. "The food was already there. I mean the bear wasn't even interested. He was interested in playing with Brent. And when it was time for him to leave, the bear didn't want him to go and just grabbed him," he says. The bear was euthanized Saturday at the request of Kandra’s family, the AP adds.

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schmidtkoff
Aug 24, 2010 10:06 AM CDT
anthropomorphism at its finest. Mazzola claims the bear—Kandra’s favorite—was just playing with Kandra. "The food was already there. I mean the bear wasn't even interested. He was interested in playing with Brent. And when it was time for him to leave, the bear didn't want him to go and just grabbed him," these people, (not just these) but all who think they have insight into wild animal's behavior are deluded. commune with nature at your own risk. the really sad and sickening part is the bear was euthanized for being a bear.
bewilderbeast
Aug 24, 2010 3:22 AM CDT
I'm an eternal optimist and I still think man will be civilised one day. I know, I know, it's 2010 and we still tie chains around bears' necks and make them dance to our music for money, but still I'm hopeful. I think . . .
Kookey90
Aug 23, 2010 11:32 PM CDT
I have no pity for someone stupid enough to play with a bear, just like those fools in the running of the bulls in Spain who go home with a bull's horn stuck up their behind. Sorry, there just isn't any pity here.