In recent news, a polar bear at a zoo fell into the moat surrounding his enclosure. He was not injured, due to some netting rigged to protect from just such a fall. Zoo workers cut him out of the netting so he wouldn’t hurt himself, but left him in the moat. Eventually they think he’ll wander out of his own volition when he gets hungry enough. And really, who wants to think of a polar bear starving himself to death?
But the facts of the case leave me puzzling (according to the town of Ravensburg, it’s a verb). Evidently this same polar bear has fallen into the moat before. Perhaps that’s why the netting was put in place. Perhaps this particular polar bear has balance issues. But the question still remains as to why the moat is there in the first place. Is it cheaper than two sets of fences separating the bears from zoo goers by the necessary distance? Is it there to provide shade? Is it there for drainage purposes, or some technical aspect not readily apparent to the casual eye? Because, to me, it looks like a waste and a danger to young, precocious polar bears.