Monday, February 1, 2010
Bern Bear Attack
So I'm a little late on this. Back in November, a mentally handicapped man managed to get into the new Barenpark in Bern.
A police officer shot the bear in an effort to save the man. The aftermath has been interesting and so very Swiss. My favorite part of that article is this quote,
"Everyone is responsible for themselves," said Puzo, who was not on duty when the attack occurred. "It's like going to the Amazon, being in a boat, being told the water is full of piranhas – and you still jump in. People are more dangerous than animals."
Personal responsibility. Love this in Switzerland.
Shall we venture to guess what would have happened had this event taken place in America?
My guess: Animal put down due to being a risk to society and a lawsuit from the victim for the enclosure not being foolproof.
What do you think?
On another note, here's one more big difference between Europe and the US. Reporting. If you feel so inclined, you can check this link for actual photos of the bear mauling the man.
Incredible. I never realized how tame the news is in the US until I came here.