Knut says, "Do these pants make me look fat?"

So it looks like obesity isn’t only contagious among humans. Apparently it has found a way of jumping species and has now gone after cuddly Knut! After a life of lounging around, snacking on croissants all day (his most favorite delicacy), this ~132 pound, eight month ball of fur has, well, become quite worldly without the use of a passport. Yep. This polar bear is now a porker. To add insult to injury, zoo keepers don’t know exactly how heavy he really is because the scales in his enclosure don’t go up that high. It’s actually quite common for zoo animals to get a little chubby since they don’t face the rigors of having a real job, but I guess for Knuty, the double chin can’t be ignored anymore. So just how does one get a man-killer to shed some of his offending insulation? Atkins? South Beach? No, nothing so drastic. For now, all snacks are gone, just three squares a day (as oppose to four), and a diet of porridge, meat, and cod liver oil (hmm, cod liver oil).

Did you know that back on April 19th, Knut had a death threat hurled at him? Who knew he was a bear of international intrigue? Is he a Russian dissident? Perhaps a former KGB officer? The note sent to the zoo said, “Knut is dead! Thursday noon.” The police, while not looking for anyone specific, did take the threat seriously. The security guards were increased from five to fifteen and there was even an officer hiding behind a boulder overlooking the enclosure. Soo, it wasn’t the free flow of croissants after all. By the way, has anyone seen that guy recently?

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