In case you were wondering, the above photograph is of some lady who decided to pay the polar bears at the Berlin Zoo a friendly little visit. At feeding time, no less.
What the fuck is wrong with people?
Although nobody has yet come out with an official explanation of her actions (such as mental illness, gross stupidity or dumb friends in the habit of making moronic bets), one obvious theory is that she was so taken with Knut, the adorable baby polar bear who was hand-reared at the Zoo after he and his brother were rejected by their mother, that she apparently lost her marbles and decided that she wanted to meet him. Which would explain the gigantic idiot grin on her face as she’s swimming towards the bears.
Argh. If I live to be a hundred, I’ll never understand what the hell is wrong with the crazy people who think grown wild animals are refugees from a Disney film. Little Simba was cute as all hell, but in the real world? When he grows up, he’ll eat you as soon as see you and say hakuna matata to that.
Baby animals are cute and affectionate and funny and all the things that human babies are… and just like humans, they grow up and turn out pretty much true to their species. While most of them might remember their handlers, there is no reason why that affection ought to spill over to random people who feel like swanning around their living rooms.
How would you feel if you woke up one morning and saw some stranger in your kitchen? I bet you’d shoot first and ask questions later. And that’s somebody of your own species. In polar bear terms, they had a taste before they asked any questions.
Wild animals do not make exotic pets. It’s bad enough they’re stuck in a zoo, they don’t need you to molest them on top of that. Leave them alone.