Fuzzy Fights Back
2002 Personal Account
(2002) I was helping my brother move his collection of amusing newspaper clippings
from his days as a journalism major, when we came across one that's right
up your ally. Mr. Fritz Dekker, a 41-year-old visitor to an Amsterdam zoo,
found his way to the bear exhibit. A bystander remembers Fritz asking
whether the bear was s a male or female. Nobody knew, so Fritz Dekker
decided to find out for himself.
Fritz climbed over the 7-foot fence and jumped into the enclosure. Despite
urgent calls from the crowd, Fritz approached the bear in question. The
390-pound adult was quietly occupied with a ball, and unaware of the
intruder. Amazingly, Fritz was able to take an unintrusive peek under the
hood. Still perplexed, Fritz tried to determine the animal's gender
experimentally by delivering a good, hard kick between its legs.
Our friend Fuzzy turned out to be a male, and responded to the assult in a
typical male bear fashion. He roared in pain, and charged towards
Fritz, who attempted to defend himself with a hasty karate kick in the
general direction of the bear while he ran for the fence. This brilliant
defense tactic failed completely, and Fuzzy proceeded to occupy the next
few minutes mauling Fritz "Bear Ball Buster" Dekker to death.
Zoo keepers arrived promptly, but not promptly enough to save the life of
the ill-fated Fritz. Several rounds of tranquilizer darts later, the
subdued bear was taken to the onsite veterinarian. Fritz was, of course,
pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy shed no light on the reason for Fritz's actions. There were no
drugs or alcohol in his system, and his family reported that he was not
suicidal, nor did they know of any mental defects other than "an exaggerated
sense of bravado."
Apart from a pair of badly swollen testicles, the bear was uninjured.
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Submitted by: Mike Scott
Reference: Unknown paper ca. 1997
Steve says, "I'm just another person with a pc, but I actually came
across a citation of this story, on the net, some years ago. It wasn't for
fun--I was on a very 'proper' site dealing with psychological matters. 2 I
have the impression that this took place decades ago. It was certainly in
Europe. They had all the proper source citations, official reports on this
man's medical and mental background from his surviving relatives, etc.
Seems he had absolutely no previous history. His actions remain a mystery.
He just did much as is said. Climbed. Lifted. Looked. Kicked. Ran.
Screamed. Died. However, I'm certain the bear wasn't mentioned as Fuzzy."
"This story sounds quite strange to me. I'm from Holland, and I've never
heard about this before, although I closely follow the news every day!
Besides that, a websearch doesn't get any article about this person.
"Not only is this a stupid trick, but the fact that the
animal is named 'Fuzzy' makes it quite unbelievable. In The Netherlands,
zoo animals usually have very unique names.
"But most stunningly, the victim's name is revealed. Victims
are not named in the Netherlands press, by policy, and suspects/convictees
are only referred to by the first name and initial of the surname,
e.g. Fritz D.
"I'm critical about this account, because it is stated to be
taken from a newspaper. What date was on the article?"