Woman invades polar bear enclosure at Berlin Zoo

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A 32yr old woman climbed into the polar bear enclosure at Berlin Zoo yesterday. Where she was mauled by an adult polar bear (not Knut) it was one of the four older bears living there. The keepers had to risk their own lives distracting it before using a life ring to get her to safety from the moat. She is recovering in hospital from bites to her hips back and legs.

 

I don't know if she is a fully fledged mental or just an attention seeker with poor judgment, I suppose that information will be released in due course.

 

Spiegel article says she was thought to be a mental in a confused mental state according to the Polizei.

 

http://www.n24.de/news/newsitem_4969508.html (in German)

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,618589,00.html (in German)

 

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That won't make much difference. If she doesn't have all her marbles, then she is unlikely to have the finances to pay up when sued. B)

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Thelocal reported on it too -- http://www.thelocal.de/national/20090410-18573.html -- it was apparently feeding time too. Yeesh.

Yeah, my German is totally bolloxed but in the Spiegel article weren't they saying that that was a good thing because it meant they were distracted and away from her. It was only the one bear that noticed her.

Thanks for getting a link in English, saves me getting yelled at. :)

 

 

If she doesn't have all her marbles, then she is unlikely to have the finances to pay up when sued.

@spatown, hopefully she is rich and they can use the money to keep Knut. :D

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yup td, feeding time is apparently the best time to swim with the bears. The local article mentions something about an alarm system, but I don't see that mentioned in other articles. Maybe they meant all the screaming kiddies. :unsure:

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The news said last night she screamed, "I want to swim with the Polar bears" before jumping in.

 

Takes a special kind of person. Almost as great as the idiots in Japan who desire to hug the Panda bears.

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