Animal group furious after Swiss zoo has bear cub put down ‘to spare it any distress’ because its father began to bully it

Horrified: The cub, pictured, was put down by keepers this week at Dahlholzi Zoo in the Swiss capital BernA Swiss zoo has provoked an outcry after putting down a brown bear cub because it was being bullied by its ‘jealous’ father.
The cub was among two born earlier this year to Misha and Masha, who were gifts from then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2009.

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But keepers at Bern’s Dahlholzi Zoo refused to separate the animals – even after Misha killed his other cub in front of horrified families last week.

Horrified: The cub, pictured, was put down by keepers this week at Dahlholzi Zoo in the Swiss capital Bern

Distress: The cub, nicknamed Baby Bear 4, was not separated from its father even after its twin Baby Bear 3 was killed in the enclosure. It is common for males and even females to kill their own cubs

Distress: The cub, nicknamed Baby Bear 4, was not separated from its father even after its twin Baby Bear 3 was killed in the enclosure. It is common for males and even females to kill their own cubs

Keepers claimed the mother of the cub, right, was neglecting it and they could not account for nature’s course

>When 360kg male Misha started being aggressive towards Baby Bear 4, as the cub was called, zoo chiefs decided to kill it instead of raising it in solitude.

But Swiss Animal Protection, the country’s oldest and largest animal rights group, was in uproar.

It condemned the action in the ‘strongest possible terms’ and said the zoo has massively mishandled the situation.

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