The Real Cause Of Polar Bear Knut’s Death

Last Saturday polar bear poster child Knut died unexpectedly, much to the horror of viewers and fans internationally. Knut was only 4 years old. Polar bears normally live to be more than 30.

Of course, everyone is asking why. What was the cause of death?

Media reports say Knut had some sort of brain ailment. Activists are blaming it all on the Berlin Zoo.

German tabloid BILD claims that offcial cause of death was drowning. But Wolfgang Röhl at German blog doesn’t buy it. He writes:

Please – since when do polar bears drown? No, there has got to be something else behind all of this. Professor Stefan Rahmstorf of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, you’re on!”

Yes, the “experts” can clear up all of this – with an authoritive peer-reviewed paper, of course.  The consensus is there after all; the science is done. Everybody today knows what every (bad) thing is caused by.

7 responses to “The Real Cause Of Polar Bear Knut’s Death”

  1. Bernd Felsche

    I surmise from the picture above, that he drowned by having his back licked millions of times. 😉

  2. DirkH

    “Natur weltweit bewahren” – “Preserve Nature worldwide”…. Heute bewahren wir Deutschland, morgen die ganze Welt! 😉

  3. kuhnkat

    Unfortunately the numbers for coal apparently take into account the mines in areas, like China, where the safety measures are wholly inadequate. If we had figures for only advanced countries I wonder what they would be??

  4. kuhnkat

    Sorry, clicked on the wrong comment button. Any chance of my comments on this thread being removed???

    1. DirkH

      Kuhnkat, read the document Pierre links to, it has also separate numbers only for developed countries.

  5. Jimbo

    You do realise that the cause of death was global warming!

  6. Jimbo

    As for the polar bear drowning just this year it was reported by the BBC that:

    A polar bear swam continuously for over nine days, covering 687km (426 miles), a new study has revealed.

    In their findings, published in Polar Biology, researchers from the US Geological Survey reveal the first evidence of long distance swimming by polar bears (Ursus maritimus).
    BBC – 25 January 2011

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