Sunday, March 20, 2011

Farewell (Polar Bear) Knut

I fell in love with this bear in 2006.

Photo: Markus Schreiber (

It died March 19, 2011. News link here.

Hand-reared by Thomas Dorflein when it was abandoned by its mother, it brought millions of euros of revenue to Berlin Zoo.

Here's a link to the Vanity Fair May 2007 shoot.

Germany also has another star polar bear. Meet Flocke when she was still a baby early 2008.

Photo: Joerg Koch (

"Hi I am Flocke (translates to Flake for Snow Flake) , I am a She and a lot of people thinks I am lovely. I now reside in a Zoo in Antibes, France with Rasputin, a male polar bear."

Here's Knut and Thomas:

Some facts:

1. Knut translates to "cute" in German.
2. He was the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine, May 2007 Edition. Of course, Annie Leibovitz took the photos.
3. His handler had a heart attack in 2008 and died.

You are definitely loved Knut.

P.S. All photos are from varying online sources.

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