Knut The Polar Bear Dies

Submitted by: madest 6 years ago in

Amateur footage (with a nasty watermark) captures the last few seconds of Knut"s life. Very sad.
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Female 39
I should NOT be laughing but I can`t help it...did it have an aneurysm? It appeared to be going around and round in circles until it seized :(
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Female 193
Apparently the autopsy found that he had brain problems... The mother probably knew from the moment he was born that something was wrong with him.
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Male 35
LOL.
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Male 35
LOL.
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Female 412
"That is exactly the kind of anthropocentric thinking that allows such terrible things as zoos to exist. "

FAIL of the largest kind. Whilst zoos used to be primarily for human benefit, zoological parks are now primarily used for the conservation of many endangered species through breeding programs using log books to keep the gene pool as diverse as possible with wild types bred in in order to prevent loss of traits, reintroduction programs back in to the wild and are huge educational resources for learning about how to look after our planet and what is in it.
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Female 412
Perhaps the reason for his mother`s rejection when he was a cub was that there has always been some underlying health problem with him? But then one would have thought the vets might have picked up on a major health problem sooner... It`s very sad though what happened.

@auburnjuinky Nature`s primary aim is to create the strongest and fittest offspring for survival of the species, weaklings and disabled young will usually be left behind or abandoned in the animal kingdom because they will not become the strongest and best for reproduction. Harsh but natural. What would happen if a human did this? In many poorer Countries not a lot, children with something wrong with them are often seen as curses on the family and will therefore be mistreated and/or abandoned, and I have seen this first hand. However because we humans reason and think in terms of the welfare of all we have created ways to keep such offspring alive and in many cases their lives are fairly enjoyable.
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Female 2,064
... ;-;
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Male 881
@auburnjunky, and that is exactly what I was talking about. If you sanitize and area and poison the rest of the planet, you have problems depending on scale. If you simply try to poison the bed bugs, you will create poison resistant bed bugs and the collateral damage would permanently change ecosystems beyond their ability to adjust. The food chain would begin to collapse. If you opted for the scorched earth approach outside of your area, you would now depend on one incredibly fragile ecosystem that would probably be undone by a simple virus. Either option, your plan has killed every living human.

My point is that nature should be respected or it will kick our ass. Nature laughs at our bombs and poisons. Until technology gets to a point where we can manufacture our own food, control the climate, and purify the air and water, we had better understand that we are apart of nature and not above it.
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Male 18
I think most would say it is inhumane to abandon children. Which is why humans who do this, and there are those monsters out there who have abandoned a child before, are considered monsters, or less than human in some way.

Nature can be a cruel thing, and animals understand that. If an animals offspring doesn`t have the capacity to hunt and survive, then why "waste" the resources to raise it when it will only end up dying in the end?

I do agree, it is inhumane, but I also believe that nature is about the furthest thing away from "Humane" as possible. Indeed, the wild is in most cases seen as evil in some way, thus why "pagan" nature worshipers were hunted in the darker parts of human history.
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Male 10,338
"What does IAB think?"

I think it`s weird that it is naturally acceptable for parents of offspring that have something wrong with them to abandon them. What would happen if a human did this?
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Female 93
:( poor thing, this is so sad.
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Male 18
Seeing something die is not entertaining, I agree, but it did spark my interest. I had never herd of Knut before this and was interested in the reason why it had made it onto any website. Normally things like this only make it onto "Gore Gallery" or whatever it`s like is nowadays. So why?

This animal was famous because it was abandoned by it`s mother shortly after birth and was raised entirely by humans.

He lived a short 4 years after a life expectancy of 30+ years for polar bears in captivity.

This really sparked my interest. Does anyone think that the mother knew something was wrong with it early on and that was the reason she abandoned Knut (and his unnamed brother which died mere weeks after it was born) in the first place?

There is some precedent for animals being able to tell that there is something significantly wrong with their offspring earlier than medical science even can. What does IAB think?
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Male 10,338
@nottaspy:

True about bedbugs, but can they eradicate us?

There is not a single creature on the planet, that we could not at least "defend" ourselves from, while killing untold numbers of them.

Say for instance, bedbugs. If they over-ran the earth, we could sanitize an area, isolate that area, and poison the rest of the planet. Sure, that would be bad, but we have the technology to go on in that scenario. They do not.

My point is, we have the intelligence to use tools and technology to maintain an upper hand.
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Male 881
@auburnjunky, ahh the might makes right argument. We are better because we can kill all of them?

1st, you are wrong. We can`t even keep bed bugs from our hotels, much less eradicate anything we want. Let`s hear it, you have the full resources of the human race at your command, how would you eradicate bed bugs? BTW, wouldn`t bed bugs be the top of the food chain?

2nd, there are organisms that aren`t in the food chain. A good argument could be made that they are better than us since we depend on fragile ecosystems to survive. I could even make the argument that we are the worst of life since we have the unique ability to eradicate ourselves.

When we get a superiority complex and think that we are separate, or above, the animals is when we make the most progress in destroying the very food chain that we need to live. If we eradicate life then we will soon follow, but if we disappear life will go on without us.
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Male 134
im with hammerdrop.
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Male 4,290
[quote]I never understood that sentiment. How exactly is life precious?[/quote]
Anything rare is precious, and this is the only planet we know of which has life. Rarity confers value.

[quote]And if you do follow that, whar makes us any better then the millions of other species of life on the planet? [/quote]
I didn`t say we were better than the other species. I said I value human life more, simply because I am human. Every species has the instinct to preserve its own kind and ensure the survival of the species.

Conversely, if Thorgrimmer genuinely believes all life is equally precious, then is his eyes I am a murderer, since I swatted a fly the other week.
But then he is also a murderer, if his immune system has ever killed off attacking bacteria.

When I put it like that, it`s clear that nobody considers all life equal. Therefore it`s down to where we draw the line. I draw it at homo sapiens because that makes the most sense to me.
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Female 9,572
Now that I`m depressed...
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Male 199
This has no place on this website.
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Male 182
I consider human beings to be better than all other life on the planet simply because I am one. That is the only reason for anyone to say such a thing.
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Male 10,338
"whar makes us any better then the millions of other species of life on the planet?"

Oh I dunno. Maybe the fact that we are the top of the food chain? Maybe the we are the top of the everything chain on this planet. We are the dominant species. We can eradicate any species we choose, but none can do the same to us.

Those are just some of the ways that we are better.
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Male 53
:All life is precious, not just human life. Because as far as we know, it is rare."

I never understood that sentiment. How exactly is life precious? And if you do follow that, whar makes us any better then the millions of other species of life on the planet?

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Male 10,338
@andynaylor: Who knows. Maybe animals becoming extinct is the natural order of things, and humans stepping in a stopping it is what`s drating everything up.
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Male 4,290
[quote]All life is precious, not just human life. Because as far as we know, it is rare.[/quote]
All life is precious, yes. But not equally precious. I value human life over non-human life. This is still a sad video, because I don`t like seeing an animal suffer, but I still would save one human life over any number of animals.
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Male 39,920

It reminds me of the Fainting Kitties... except they kept getting up and doing it again and the bear stayed down.
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Male 45
I thought he was just dizzy to start with.
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Female 2,525
Looks like the poor guy had a seizure. :(
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Male 239
If polar bears are dying out in the wild and the responsibility does land on human industrial development causing climate change is it not also our responsibility to preserve the wildlife we may have endangered in the process. Placing animals, birds, reptiles etc into simulated environments allows us to study how they react under certain conditions. Not only giving the opportunity to breed, but also to perfect the conditions needed so that when the technology exists we can create a man made natural environments for them to be reintegrated into the wild. Regardless of your opinion of climate change or the reasoning behind endangered species, this is still very very sad footage.
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Male 180
"Sorry, my empathy stops at billions of people who are sad over the death of one polar bear while thousands of people are dying somewhere else. FTW"

That is exactly the kind of anthropocentric thinking that allows such terrible things as zoos to exist.

All life is precious, not just human life. Because as far as we know, it is rare.
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Male 182
@Musuko42

I think that, given all the details, most humans would choose captivity.

The prison cell that you`re describing is actually a simulated environment with everything that you`d need to survive available to you at all times, including food and medical care. It`s not perfect, but it`s hardly a "prison cell" by any stretch of the imagination.

The alternative is living in the wild. Sure, you are "free" but you have to fend for yourself. You`ll need to either hunt, scavenge or steal the food that you eat, which doesn`t come along all that often, the odds of you dying of starvation are significant and if you get sick or injured you`re as good as dead.

The more that I think about it, life as a wild animal must be absolutely miserable nearly all of the time.
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Female 4,039
Ooooohhh - why why why why did I watch that? :`(
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Male 25,416
I hope that isnt real
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Male 382
Jeeze, ya douchebags, is it not possible to be sad for humans and a polar bear at the same time? You have a limit on the amount of emotions you fell?
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Male 165
Ring around the rosies,
pocket full of of posies,
ashes,ashes,we all fall down






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Male 1,557
Jesus, I didn`t think it was going to be the actual footage of it dying.

Tragic :(
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Male 10,338
@Gerry: You can`t torment me man. I love you.
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Male 7,378
Your anger at this warms my PETA loving heart. Thanx.
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Male 3,076
knut who?
just like Intaresting said I can`t really feel sad for a drating bear when there are child, women and men dieng every day over food and water.
no mater what you beliv in we are a big family
humans > animals
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Male 718
Btw, whoever POSTED this video, thanks a bunch. you could have had (SAD WARNING) or something added to the drating title, you really just bummed out like thousands of people. you should be REALLY happy with yourself. the video should have said (Kunt Posts Knut the polar Bear having a fit and Dying) that would have been WAY more Accurate.
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Male 718
Well. i had no drating idea clicking this i was actually going to SEE a real creature drating die. this day just got off to a WONDERFUL start! i mean I-A-B posts (cat shot with hand gun) and we ALL know its something drating cute, i come to this video and i get to watch a polar bear have a fit and F-U-C-KING DIE! thanks!!!
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Male 2,850
"o god =(
this wouldn`t be as sad if Knut had been living a content/free life in its own natural habitat. R.I.P.

where his chances of dying younger would of skyrocketed"

If I offered you a chance to double your lifespan, but you would have to live every day of the rest of your life in a prison cell, would you accept my offer?

Freedom is worth more than life...you`re a f**king American; you of all people should know that. You founded your frigging country on it.
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Male 812
Sorry, my empathy stops at billions of people who are sad over the death of one polar bear while thousands of people are dying somewhere else. FTW
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Female 1,435
i had to re read that because i thought it said Kunt. sorry, I`m british.
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Male 25
@Kleidermotte, Humans are just animals... And i personally would care less about my humans dieing (we`ve got about 4 billion to many of them) then some other animal that is on the verge of extinction. Yes, i wouldnt care about dieing myself. And yes, i would be sad when somebody i know dies. And no, i dont actively try to achieve their deaths. But in context its less of a big deal.
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Male 6,737
Didn`t really want to see that tbh
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Female 138
D:
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Male 168
This is not sad at all! It is an animal! Animals die in quite young ages! (Except turtles, if not eaten) I really do not shed a tear at all. It is in fact just an white, thick, (dead) animal! Don`t get me wrong, I don`t want animals to die, but I don`t care. I care about humans. I shed a tear now and then when I read the newspaper. But not over the death of... well. You get me.
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Male 394
Looks like Knut had a stroke, or some thing . My 20 year old dog was doing the same thing. Tragic
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Female 10
I`m not gonna watch it either...
When I read it I was so SAD - Japan just shocked me, but Knut really hit it :(

Hear he died of a broken heart after his keeper died and after they took his mate away and he had to live with three old female bears (imagine living with your old ma, your nana and your mother-in-law after your spouse went away!)

Poor Knut T^T
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Female 418
saw this on the news today, he had a seizure and drowned :-( poor thing was pretty young
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Female 296
that makes me wanna cry so badly.
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Female 1,566
This is honest to god one of the most disturbing things I`ve ever seen, that is seriously effed up.
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Male 1,452
[quote] o god =(
this wouldn`t be as sad if Knut had been living a content/free life in its own natural habitat. R.I.P. [/quote]

where his chances of dying younger would of skyrocketed
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Male 490
the best cause i got was that he just heard Rebecca Blacks "Friday"
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Female 533
I will not watch this. It is too sad and a little cruel to post this. Poor Knut.
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Male 4,014
This is horrific. He`s suffering and in pain, drooling and disoriented. Why the f*ck did you show this to me? I thought there was an angle, a trick, no, it was just a suffering animal dying in pain. Way to f*cking go.

Boo. Boo I say. For shame.
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Male 798
T_____T
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Female 62
o god =(
this wouldn`t be as sad if Knut had been living a content/free life in its own natural habitat. R.I.P.
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Female 78
awe :(
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Male 773
`Ugh, now depressed. I can watch a million people getting slaughtered and not blink, but this stuff sucks for me.`

Same here, man.
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Male 3,745
grungy...
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Male 3,014
Aw, and he was worth 1/29th of a Sickle, too.
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Male 3,431
Llamaz,

Wild animals are not lazy, infantile creatures content with the banality of a life of ease. They are designed and engineered to endure and even prosper under rigorous hardship imposed by a world that has exacting demands and a supreme penalty for failure.

Do not make the mistake of believing that a polar bear, who`s natural range is measured in hundreds of miles and consists of some of the harshest environments on earth, will be happy in an enclosure.

Imagine if an alien creature were to pluck you from where you are right now, place you in a synthetic setting approximating your natural habitat the size of your room, and do little more than tend to your well being while leaving you alone, essentially bereft of any real contact.

It is not a life worth living, and any creature with a degree of self awareness is going to realize that it is trapped, against it`s will. It`s not a state of mind that is conductive to healthy living.
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Male 2,592
a few more facts about zoo raised polar bears and of course knut who was given up by his mother as a cub my knuts
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Male 2,796
Ugh, now depressed. I can watch a million people getting slaughtered and not blink, but this stuff sucks for me.
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Male 408
:((((((((((((((((((((((
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Male 338
"Derp, zoos is the worst ever their jailz liek four bad people but they no deserve it!!!"

Most zoo animals have an easy, carefree life. They are well-fed, they don`t have to hunt or search for food, and they are usually very well taken care of. The zoo environment had nothing to do with the probable seizure this bear had. Not all zoos are the incarnate of evil that people seem to see them as. Of course there are some that don`t have good conditions or keep the animals entertained, but those are only a small fraction of all zoos.
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Male 39,920

I wanna be a moderator. How much does it pay?

are their fringe benefits? For instance, could I torment Auburnjunky?
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Male 490
Looks like a seizure, he was foaming from the mouth (You can see it dripping if you look closely). So sad.
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Male 977
i reckon he just got dizzy and fell over
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Male 2,592
That was horrible
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Female 1,545
Dshieh, you might want to think about your statement for a second. People now see what it looks like when a captive polar bear dies and can apply that image to the wild polar bears dying. Maybe now global warming has a real image for some people.

In any case, I echo SilverThread`s comment. I always walk into a zoo excited to see the animals, and I always leave feeling terrible and guilty. I don`t think zoos are healthy for animals, and Knut was unfortunately probably an example. :(
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Male 1,313
momma always said not to spin in a circle too many times.. wait.. too soon, isn`t it? You`re not going to fire me from my voiceover as a toilet turd are you?
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Male 3,431
Trapped in a Goddamned cage, surrounded by screaming, foul smelling creatures that harass and antagonize you, and stuck in a climate you were not engineered for.

Yeah, death would seem like a good deal to me too.
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Male 1
It`s great to see millions saddened over the death of this polar bear whos no difference from the thousands of polar animals being slaughtered every year.. so cry me a drating river because your hypocrisy is sickening
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Male 2,506
HOW THE HELL!?
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Male 15,510
Is always sad when a polar bear dies
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Female 68
Hahahahaha that was the best Awwww, of the day ever!
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Male 166
global warming. nuff said
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Female 3,001
:`(
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Male 1,595
If polar bears spin around they have seizures?
I don`t know the story of this guy but.. Well now I feel sad.
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Male 518
OMG!! POLAR BEARS DIE!!!??? EVEN IN CAPTIVITY?!??!?!?!?
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Male 7,831
why the hell did i watch this. that was terrifyingly depressing.
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Male 881
I knew he died, but watching the video I was kind of hoping that someone would be able to help him in time.
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Female 4,447
oh my god...what happened to him?
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Male 535
you know entertainment doesn`t necessarily have to make you laugh. otherwise horror movies would not be called entertainment, but clearly they are.
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Female 400
@MechBFP: Ehm, maybe I`m missing something here, but isn`t the cure for boredom entertainment? :P

Unless your post was intended to be sarcastic.
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Male 10,338
K thanks.
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Male 12,138
[quote]Holy crap. Madest is a red now? I am perma banned now I guess. So is 5cats and Crakr.[/quote]
Oh, stop whining. As much as you would like to have people believe that Madest is a power-hungry lout, I`m sorry to tell you that he`s an adult and is quite capable of being impartial. Heck, he even approves many of 5Cats` Über-conservative far-right wing links, complete with original submitted inflammatory descriptions.

I think you`ll be safe enough, AJ.
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Male 10,338
Holy crap. Madest is a red now?

I am perma banned now I guess. So is 5cats and Crakr.
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Male 256
"This video is indeed of no entertainment value whatsoever, although there`s been more of those on this site. It`s just sad really, but that`s just me."

I couldn`t agree more. It`s disturbing to watch and it is sad to see him suffer. Anyone who finds humor in this needs to re-evaluate their priorities and value system. Suffering of any animal is sick and twisted.
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Male 160
Either taken down or needs an adult rating or warning
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Male 519
And Ed-209 suddenly turns something sad into `make me choke on mtn dew` funny.
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Male 29
that sucks ):
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Female 52
it appears he had a seizure and drown
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Male 209
Worst thing ever. Hate it.
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Female 262
Looks like he had a heart-attack.
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Male 226
I agree, but boredom shouldn`t be quenched by death.
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Male 415
"I guess life was a little to much...(puts on sunglasses)...for him to bear." YEEEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!



Suddenly it`s all a little less sad! Nice one.
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Male 53
"I guess life was a little to much...(puts on sunglasses)...for him to bear." YEEEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!
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Male 813
"but this is an entertainment site."
Actually its a site about being bored, hence the name "i-am-bored".
Idiot.
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Male 415
Knut, the polar bear, got famous because his mother rejected him after birth and he was raised by a human. Nothing special but there was a rather odd uproar of some animal right extremists calling for his death as they said it was completely unnatural and Knut would never be a true polar bear.

This video is indeed of no entertainment value whatsoever, although there`s been more of those on this site. It`s just sad really, but that`s just me.
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Male 7,378
That was left.
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Male 506
You spin me right round baby right round
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Female 2,026
ive seen a llama keel over and die at a zoo, scarred. for. life.
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Female 3,562
Never heard of him. Figured this was a joke, but nope it`s really a video of a polar bear acting weird and then keeling over. Whatever.
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Male 1,931
Why would I want to see this? I mean, yea, it`s a drating bear. But no one wants to watch this. I would ask IAB to take this down. Not to censor it, but this is an entertainment site. Anyone who finds entertainment in this is sick.
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Male 93
that`s terrible!
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Female 812
Reminded me of how my rabbit died...
Rest in peace Bonbon and Knut!
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Male 2
hes got no tigerblood
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Male 5,314
whoa
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Male 3,147
yeah but didn`t he die minutes after having a threesome?

if so he was only a bottle of JD and a packet of smokes away from the perfect end game.
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Male 39,920

Was it a fun trip to the zoo, Kids ?

What`d ya see?

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Male 535
:(
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Female 165
Who is this bear and why do I care?
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Male 7,378
Link: Knut The Polar Bear Dies [Rate Link] - Amateur footage (with a nasty watermark) captures the last few seconds of Knut`s life. Very sad.
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