First, animal rights activists wanted to euthanize Knut as a polar bear cub at the Berlin Zoo, here. Now, they want to castrate him. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants Knut (now grown) to be castrated to avoid his mating with another bear who is his cousin. Giovanna has been placed in the same area as Knut and they are getting quite close. That has led to call to neuter Knut.
PETA insists that any offspring will reduce the genetic diversity of the polar bear population through “incest depression.” PETA’s Frank Albrecht insisted that the castration would actually ensure a loving and lasting relationship: “Knut fans need to know that only Knut’s castration would allow a long life together with Giovanna.” Wow, that is a tough sell: “Honey, castration will just bring us closer.” My guess is that Knut may have a few objections to this approach to building a lasting relationship.
Now, many men would suggest that if the zoo wanted to avoid any danger of sex, just marry the bears. However, this turns out to be a myth, here (“According to a large-scale national study, married people have both more and better sex than do their unmarried counterparts.”)
The two bears were put together due to construction work on Gianna’s (as she is nicknamed) den in Munich.
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