Every day something wild happens at Disney. One day it was a kid floating away while holding Mickey Balloons, which we reported on here. Another day we reported here on a shark spotted inside the Magic Kingdom. It’s no surprise that wild things happen at such a well-known theme park. Well, today, one of the craziest things happened. A black bear was spotted inside the Magic Kingdom, however sadly, Disney has killed the bear.
That’s right, this morning a black bear was spotted inside Disney’s Magic Kingdom. In fact, this forced Disney to temporarily close many attractions in Magic Kingdom. This includes Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Liberty Square Riverboat, Hall of Presidents, Tom Sawyer Island, A Pirate’s Adventure, and the Walt Disney World Railroad. This is obviously sad for the guests who wanted to visit those rides, however, it’s even more sad for the bear that is now dead.
Disney Kills Black Bear After Trespassing
In a sad and shocking move, Disney has put down the black bear that was spotted in the Magic Kingdom this morning. According to an official spokesperson, Disney worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, to ethically euthanize this black bear. This decision came later in the day after it was previously announced that they were going to release it back into the wild.
Why did they kill the black bear? According to our source, there are two reasons that led to the difficult decision to put this black bear down. The first is fear of the bear returning to the Magic Kingdom and hurting guests. Bears are known for returning to areas they have previously been. Experts are suggesting the bear was creating a nest there. This means that the bear would likely return, even if they dropped her far away. This is due to their natural instincts.
Disney can’t run the risk of the black bear returning to their parks and hurting or even killing guests, so instead, they killed the bear. The other element is the bear trespassed at Disney World. Disney is strict when it comes to trespassers. Usually, they don’t kill them, but they will ban them for life. This bear unfortunately was seen as a huge threat to Disney, forcing them to put the bear down, banning her from life.
People React to Disney Putting Down Bear
As you might imagine, Disney killing a black bear has created a ton of backlash and anger across the internet. Even PETA is getting in the action tweeting, “How would you like it if we killed Winnie the Pooh or Baloo. You’re dead to us Disney”. This of course is a harsh tweet, but many think that Disney deserves it after the actions they took today.
Others are planning a memorial for the bear, which the internet has unofficially named Mother Bear, which is a play off of Brother Bear, one of Disney’s movies. Guests are planning on bringing flowers, cards, and more for a memorial in front of Cinderella Castle. This memorial is to show their love and sadness for Mother Bear’s tragic death as well as express their anger with Disney. This will serve as a reminder to never kill an animal again.
It’s worth noting that per usual, there are two viewpoints. There are many people who support Disney’s decision to kill this bear. In fact, one person said, “If they are going to kill Br’er Bear, they might as well kill this bear too.” Also, a lot of people feel much safer knowing that this bear will never return to Disney World, where she could attack their family or friends while they enjoy their day at Disney World.
What do you think of Disney putting down the black bear seen in Magic Kingdom? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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