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PETA -- Knut's Death Could Have Been Avoided

3/19/2011 4:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The tragic passing of Knut, everyone's favorite German polar bear, could have been prevented ... maybe ... this according to PETA.

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Knut passed away in his habitat this morning of still-to-be determined causes at the age of 4. A rep for PETA tells TMZ they contacted to Berlin Zoo months ago to alert them to the fact that Knut was being "terrorized" by three female polar bears -- including his own mother!

The rep tells us, "PETA Germany repeatedly asked zoo authorities to move Knut away from the three females to a different location. His premature death could possibly have been avoided. Polar bears don't belong in captivity."

A necropsy is planned for Monday to determine the cause of death.


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61.

There Goes My Show    

I wish PETA would kick the bucket.

1211 days ago
62.

Blahhh    

Hey PETA, quit animal worship and you might have some credibility. Until then, shut your pie hole. No one cares! Its a part of nature, animals live and then die. Get over it.

1211 days ago
63.

mondo    

Have you ever met a PETA member...every one I've ever met is an Absolute Idiot...what's up with that???

1211 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

So sad. If it DOES turn out the 3 females caused his death, they should be permanently separated & not allowed to socialize with more than 1 female in the future. Zoos & wild animal rescue organizations acclamate the young to the wild all the time. I don't know why they can't do it more often. Although I'm not sure if this was a rescued bear or was born in captivity.

1211 days ago
66.

Bob    

Someone tell PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) to go to hell!!!!!!!!

1211 days ago
67.

B    

Maybe after the necropsy, they could stuff him away with the rest of the animals PETA kills and hides in freezers. If you want to help animals, give to the Humane Society. PETA is the devil.

1211 days ago
68.

Mel    

Even Polar Bears can be bullies!!! so sad the zoo should be fined for being stupid!!

1211 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

In addition to all the other claims peta makes, now they already know why Knut died and whose fault it is. Misguided zealots! And I suppose they all wear plastic shoes, belts, etc.? Not likely! I'm going to form PETP (People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants...they have feelings, too, you know!).

1211 days ago
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Jen O.    

R.I.P. Knut. PETA people: Your birth could have been prevented but it wasn't...

1211 days ago
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vinny ponte    

this is BS because when i first read the story on here you said his parents left him now your saying he was bullied by his mom please make up more BS TMZ is wack

1211 days ago
72.

Spider    

this is BS because when i first read the story on here you said his parents left him now your saying he was bullied by his mom please make up more BS TMZ is wack

Posted at 6:51 PM on Mar 19, 2011 by vinny ponte
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His mother didn't leave him in a basket on the zoo's front doorstep. She rejected him after birth and refused to care for him. She was still at the zoo and apparently in the same area as her son.

1211 days ago
73.

M.T.    

I like animals, I hate peta

1211 days ago
74.

dav    

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1211 days ago
75.

Anne    

Thank you for posting this. PeTA rocks!

1211 days ago
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