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PETA Want Knut The Incest Polar Bear Castrated

by | 3rd, March 2010

THE headlines write themselves as PETA say that Knut the polar bear must be castrated.

Knut is Berlin Zoo’s big star, appearing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio on Vanity Fair’s Green Issue cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz, and making loadsa money for his keepers. Knut talks to Suri Cruise and has been on suicide watch. Knut has lived.

Knut has become a powerful (if not controversial) symbol of what this planet has to lose to global warming

And PETA says he should be castrated and not be allowed to breed with Giovanna, a lady bear on loan from Munich Zoo.

Frank Albrecht, head of the German branch of PETA says:

“They have a common grandfather, Olaf, and they are therefore cousins.”

It’s incest! In Germany incest laws are fierce. They have no royal family in Germany, nor want of one.

“The basic idea is that people who look like each other, for example brothers and sisters, are attracted to each other,” says Professor Roland Littlewood, a psychiatrist and social anthrop-ologist at University College, London. “Under normal circumstances, of course, you are brought up in close contact with these people and at some point the attraction mechanism somehow gets switched off. The sexual attraction between the siblings or family members is lost.”

Not for Knut, then. Says Albrecht:

“A long term co-habitation between Giovanna and Knut is only feasible if Knut is castrated.”

The campaign to see Knut not produce offspring with webbed feet – and when the ice melts how useful will that be? – has met with little resistance:

“We’ll send Giovanna back to Munich, by the autumn at the latest,” says Heiner Kloes, head of bears at Berlin zoo.

So Knut, who is now about as cuddly as barbed wire, needs a mate. Anyone fancy their chances? It’s for the planet..? You seen Vanny?

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