November 15, 2010
Look at that. Isn't it just adorable?
That's Knut from the Berlin Zoo. He was a newborn a few years back, and clearly his trainers were getting him ready for a life of dismembering his food.
Did you have any idea that about twenty years ago - in March of 1990 - a zookeeper at the Cincinnati Zoo had her hand and some of her forearms ripped off by a polar bear? (Source: Orlando Sentinal) She was later awarded $3.5 million because of the unsafe working conditions and improper training at the zoo. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cincinnati Magazine) A coworker of hers was fired for reporting those unsafe working conditions to federal authorities but won a wrongful termination suit. (Source: lawyers' website)
As of 2002, the zookeeper, Laurie Stober, was running a program called Full Circle Therapy that helps to "build self-esteem and confidence for kids who have been abused, neglected or marginalized due to disability". (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer) The last online mention I can find of Stober's Full Circle Farm is in a National Alliance of Mental Illness of Hamilton County, Ohio newsletter from April, 2007.
So, how cute's your little Knut now, folks?
Ok, actually, he's still really cute.