Celeb Bear Celebrity
posted by March 26 at 11:15 AMon
The polar bear…
…and the problem with that polar bear:
Knut the polar bear has turned from a cuddly cub into a publicity-addicted psycho, one of his keepers claimed yesterday.
Markus Roebke said Berlin Zoo’s celebrity animal was obsessed with the limelight and howled with rage when denied an audience.
“Knut must go and the sooner the better,” he said, insisting that the bear should be sent to an animal park where he received less attention.
“He is addicted to the whole show, the human adulation. It is not healthy.
“He actually cries out or whimpers if he sees that there is not a spectator outside his enclosure ready to ooh and aah at him.
“When the zoo had to shut because of black ice everywhere he howled until staff members stood before him and calmed him down.”
Knut was rejected by his mother after he was born in December 2006, prompting some animal activists to say it would be better for him to die than to be weaned by man.
The zoo let him live however and he has become a major attraction, pulling in £6million in revenue so far.
Again: What is it that separates the human animal from all other animals? Today I want to add another crucial difference: A human animal’s talents are not trapped in its body. For the most part, if an animal has a talent, that talent is locked in its body; its talent is its own wholly. Animals cannot socialize their individual gifts in any significant way. With humans, gifts can be transmitted across a Tardian network of repetition. If someone is good with, say, medicine, that good is not trapped in the person’s body. All other human bodies can benefit from that one person’s particular good. Not to share, then, is to be less human and more an animal.