Okay folks, I know it’s early for yet another rant but I can’t help myself. This latest “shake my head moment” is brought to you courtesy of a news article that just crossed my desk.
Remember the entry I just posted about a zoo’s worth? And the one prior to that about the fiasco at the Copenhagen Zoo? Well, it just gets better and better. Apparently a zoo in Switzerland recently euthanized a healthy brown bear cub to make a point that “nature is cruel.” I’m including the article below (click on the photo). In addition to making a point, the zoo also claims that the mother has rejected the cub and the father mauled the cub’s sibling and since they were allowing nature to take its course, they decided to euthanize the cub because with all things equal, it would surely die in the wild.
Now, I may be wrong (I’m wrong a lot), but from what I remember of documentary shows on brown bears, the parents do not raise a cub together. In fact, the only time brown bears co-habitat (usually) is when a mother is with her cub or cubs. So if they’re so concerned about the natural order of things, why is the male in with the female and cubs in the first place? It should just be the mother and her cubs. The male’s absence would surely negate any worry over mauling, right? Not to mention the female is probably depressed and rejected the cub because 1) her other cub just died a horrible death and 2) she’s living in an unnatural habitat with an unnatural family unit.
Here’s the kicker. This zoo, which is so determined to do things naturally, hand-raised the parents of this cub. Hand-raised. Because that’s soooo natural. Why couldn’t they do the same for the cub? Simply remove it from the family unit where it was at risk and hand-raise it. They obviously have the experience and capability (as proven by the cub’s parents). Well, that’s where the “let’s make a point that nature is cruel” philosophy comes in.
Yep. Makes sense to me.