>WikiLeaks And Bruno

>From cable correspondence by US diplomatic officials in Germany regarding Bruno, the “problem bear” that made all those headlines in 2006:

 [F]oreigners are only welcome in Bavaria provided they are willing to adapt to German culture and traditions. Bruno quickly wore out his welcome by raiding stables, killing sheep, chickens, and a child’s pet rabbit. The Bavarian government declared Bruno “Ursus non Grata” and ordered that he be shot or captured. Vexed by Bruno’s unchecked roaming across Bavaria — he was even seen sitting on the steps of a police station eating a guinea pig — Minister-President Edmund Stoiber took to referring to him as “the Problem Bear.”

…following criticism of the edict that Bruno be shot, Schnappauf, [the Environment Minister] gave the animal a stay of execution and, at a cost of over Euro 125,000, flew in a special trap from Colorado and a team of Finnish bear hunters with specially trained dogs. After the Finnish hunters failed at their task, Schnappauf reinstated the shoot-to-kill order… early in the morning of that same day, Bruno met his demise at the hands of an (as yet) unnamed hunter. Bruno, stuffed, is to be put on display at a natural history museum in Munich’s Nymphenburg Palace. 

Please make a note of this, Julian Assange, and stay out of Bavaria for the time being, just in case.

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