Why the double-take? Well apparently, animal rights activists in Germany are demanding the cub be given a lethal injection because showing compassion and hand-rearing it is an act against nature and the cub will grow up not to be a proper bear.
Seriously, the "animal rights" people think the best thing to do is kill the thing, because, presumably, it's right to be a wild animal are being oppressed, therefore it's better off dead. Frank Albrecht, an animal rights campaigners is quoted as saying
"Hand-feeding is not appropriate to the species and is a grave violation of the animal protection laws.... Legally speaking, the zoo should kill the baby bear. Otherwise it is condemning the bear to a dysfunctional life and that too is a breach of the law.... It is not correct to bottle-feed a small polar bear. He will always be fixated on his keeper and will never grow to be a proper polar bear....One should have had the courage to kill him much earlier."Again I find myself searching for "you couldn't make it up" key on my keyboard. If you kill an animal the animal rights campaigners moan, when you show compassion and save an animal they moan that you should've killed it.
The thing is, this bear was born in captivity, will be brought up in captivity, and will live it's entire life in captivity, so why dopes it need to be killed just because it has a good relationship with a human being? The tabula rasa is just that, it is not an oppression of it's rights for it not to be allowed to exist in the other way, but surely, if one believes in its rights, killing the fluffy little bugger is an oppression of its right to life?