"The fundamental problem is wild animals being kept in captivity at all, he argues. “Zoos impose unnatural lives on most of their captives. People just see a cuddly bear and they want to gawk at him, but what they should see is an animal deprived of its natural life, exhibited for entertainment and profit.”"
BBC News - Knut: A polar bear story
It isn’t surprising that Knut’s mother rejected him: a zoo is no place for a polar bear, and she knew this better than the ridiculous crowds that turned up to gawk at him.
Yeah, I hate zoos … and it’s a deep, burning hatred.