A FRASER Coast family who visited a zoo in Berlin to see a celebrity polar bear that has just died said the animal was behaving like a “zombie”.
Kevin and Katrina Corcoran, and daughter Kelsey, of Hervey Bay, were disturbed by Knut’s behaviour in his cage.
Knut became a media darling as a cub after being rejected by his mother and reared by hand.
“We watched him for maybe 20 minutes and realised he was one very mental or unhappy animal,” Mrs Corcoran said.
“He was pacing back and forth, not from side to side like a lion in a cage, but forwards and backwards like he was stuck on rewind.
“But Knut was definitely suffering from some sort of mental condition (and) we felt very sad, thinking it was to do with being in an enclosure.”
The Corcoran’s had gone to Berlin Zoo last year specifically to see Knut, who was abandoned by his mother in 2007.
He was aged just four years and three months, well below the average life expectancy for polar bears of around 35.
He was found floating dead on the weekend afternoon in the enclosure he shared with three other bears, including his mother Tosca.