Originally posted by - well, IN PeopleKnut the Polar Bear Is Dead
By Karen Nickel Anhalt
Update Saturday March 19, 2011 05:00 PM EDT Originally posted Saturday March 19, 2011 01:45 PM EDT
With a blue sky and the scent of spring in the air, Saturday afternoon in Berlin was the perfect time to visit the city's zoo, but for some 600 visitors it turned into a horror: Before their eyes, Knut the polar bear collapsed, then floated dead in the water of his pen.
"He was by himself in his compound, he was in the water, and then he was dead," Berlin Zoo bear keeper Heiner Kls told the Associated Press. An autopsy will be performed on the 4-year-old mammal to determine the cause of death. Polar bears in captivity have been known to live more than 30 years.
What is fascinating to me is that space is the closest thing we have to a working "time machine". When we see the light from a star 100 light years away, we are seeing it how it was 100 years ago. It could have blown up by then.