All is not well at the Berlin Zoo, where recently two high-profile animals have met mysterious–and bizarre–deaths. This is an embarrassment to the Germans, and a source of concern for animal-lovers around the world
The first casualty was Knut, the zoo’s biggest attraction. The beloved Polar Bear lived a hard life in his four short years. He was rejected by his mother at birth, but quickly taken to the warm and accepting bosom of the German people. Recently, however, fans were shocked when the adorable ursine dove into the moat around his enclosure, never to surface. The polar bear only a Teuton could love died of what is being called an infection.
Following close on the paws of Knut’s demise came the sad news that another animal had died. Shaina Pali, a six-year-old Indian elephant, was found dead by her trainer recently when he came to check on her at 7:00 AM. Autopsy reports showed that she had likely died of elephant herpes, which is particularly pernicious in pachyderms. The last person to see her before she died was new assistant trainer, Rolf ‘Cold Sore’ Stussenhimmel, who confirms that the creature appeared to be in good health when he last saw her, and moreover was in “a very good mood.”
Hopefully the mysterious animal deaths at the Berlin Zoo will stop with Shaina Pali. However, even if they do, something not-quite-mended has again been broken, and the German reputation for rigorously upholding the sanctity of all forms of life seriously impugned.