The Year in Animals The Best of Two Thousand and Swine
Part 4: Circus Tragedy
In April, another case of runaway animals ended in bloodshed when a police officer shot an escaped bear. Two brown bears had managed to get out of their enclosure as a circus prepared for a performance in the western German city of Kassel. A motorist on a nearby highway saw one of the bears and informed the police. A patrol car discovered the bears next to the four-lane road. One officer stopped traffic while the second policeman attempted to shoo the bear away from the road and back toward the circus.
However, one of the bears attacked the cop and bit him twice on the left calf. The injured policeman shot the 180-kilogram (397-pound) bear five or six times with his service pistol. The circus director was sharply critical of the police action, which he described as "out of proportion."
- Part 1: The Best of Two Thousand and Swine
- Part 2: Zebras on the Loose
- Part 3: Is That a Pigeon in Your Pants?
- Part 4: Circus Tragedy
- Part 5: These Little Piggies Went to Augsburg
- Part 6: Perky Piglet
- Part 7: Assault with a Live Swan
- Part 8: Penguin Love
- Part 9: Cunning Little Vixen
- Part 10: A Zoo Love Affair
- Part 11: Welcome to the Jungle
- Part 12: Giving Birds a Leg Up
- Part 13: Rest Stop for Beavers
- Part 14: A Country That's Gone to the Dogs