In Memory of Polar Bear Superstar Knut (30 Pic Tribute)

March 25th, 2011 Permalink

When the polar bear cub Knut was rejected by his mother, Berlin zoo keeper Thomas Doerflein took over his care. Knut was an adorable white and fluffy baby which soon skyrocketed Knut to fame. Knut became a superstar polar bear and had a very special relationship with Doerflein. Yet recently Knut was found dead at the Berlin Zoo. He was only a little over 4 years old. Here is a 30 picture tribute in memory to a one-of-a-kind superstar polar bear. R.I.P. Knut.

Berlin zoo employee Thomas Doerflein plays with polar bear cub Knut

This is baby Knut, the polar bear that was rejected by its mother Tosca after Knut was born on December 5, 2006. He weighed only 19 pounds (9 kilograms). Berlin zoo employee Thomas Doerflein plays with polar bear cub Knut in this picture. Knut had to be reared by hand and bottle-fed by Doerflein at the Berlin Zoo in Germany. They had a very special bond that is almost never seen between human and polar bear. Photo #1 by Jeremy C. Munns

Berlin Zoo Knut Polar Bear 2007

This is Knut during his debut at the Berlin Zoo on 23 March 2007. He became a superstar overnight, capturing hearts worldwide. Photo #2 by Jens Koßmagk


Knut & Thomas Dörflein at Berlin Zoo

Knut & Thomas Dörflein at Berlin Zoo. His keeper Thomas Dörflein would bottle-feed Knut and strum Elvis Presley songs for him on a guitar. Photo #4 by Andrea & Stephan

Wanna Play - Knut Belin Zoo 2007

Wanna Play, Daddy? Knut seems to be asking at the Berlin Zoo in 2007. Photo #5 by everyone’s idle (“mgdtgd”) Berlin

Knut – a superstar at Berlin Zoo with Doerflein on 03/31/07. Photo #6 by nayrb7

Knut standing up 2007

Knut standing up with Doerflein. Photo #7 by Kai Schreiber

Baby Knut Playing 2007

Thomas Dörflein playing with baby Knut in 2007. Photo #8 by Jean-Luc 2005

Thomas Dörflein playing with Knut in May 2007

Although some activists say that Knut did not belong in a zoo, it is hard to see these pictures and still not see the special bond and love between Thomas Dörflein and the polar bear Knut in May 2007. Photo #9 by Jean-Luc 2005

Polar Bear Knut - I love you too

Knut as if saying, “I love you, too.” Photo #10 by Kim S dearbarbie

Knut being nutty 2007

Knut being nutty in 2007. Photo #11 by Herbert Orth

2007 Knut at Berlin Zoo

2007 Knut at Berlin Zoo. Photo #12 by jtriefen

August

August 2007 – Knut looks huge but he’s actually still a baby, not even a year old. Photo #13 by Matthias Zirngibl (“tscherno”), Germany

Knut at Berlin Zoo - 2007 10 months old and growing

Knut at Berlin Zoo – 2007. Knut is only 10 months old and still growing. Photo #14 by Aconcagua

Knut looking scruffy and dirty in 2007 at Berlin Zoo

Knut looking scruffy and dirty in 2007 at Berlin Zoo. Photo #15 by L_K_M / Lucas Mathis, Zürich, Switzerland

Berlin Zoo - Polar bear Knut at the age of 10 months 2007

Berlin Zoo – Polar bear Knut at the age of 10 months. Photo #16 by Aconcagua

Polar bear Knut, still a cub, at the age of 10 months Berlin Zoo

Polar bear Knut, still a cub, at the age of 10 months Berlin Zoo. Photo #17 by Aconcagua

Knut at Berlin Zoo 2008

Knut at Berlin Zoo in 2008. Photo #18 by Jeses

2008 polar bear Knut Berlin Zoo, at the age of nearly 1 and fourth years

In 2008, this photo is of Polar Bear Knut at the Berlin Zoo when he was the age of nearly 1 1/4 years. Photo #19 by Gabriele Delhey

muddy polar bear knut

Muddy Knut. He was a polar bear who liked to play with mud. Photo #20 by pelican

Polar Bear Knut at age 2

Polar Bear Knut at age 2. I wonder if Knut had grown lonely? His friend and keeper and perhaps even what he considered a dad, Doerflein, had died at 44 of a heart attack in 2008. Photo #21 by Aconcagua

Polar bear Knut at the age of 2 years Zoo of Berlin

Polar Bear Knut at age 2. Photo #22 by Aconcagua

2 years old Knut Polar Bear

Knut is 2 years old here. Experts expressed concern over Knut’s behavior which was considered abnormal due to all the human attention. He would mimic humans sometimes by lifting a hand to his face as if he too was taking a photo. Photo #23 by Aconcagua

knut @berlin zoo in 2009

Knut at Berlin Zoo in 2009. Photo #24 by Flavio Ensiki

Polar Bear Knut Hey you

Knut seems to be saying, “Hey you!” Photo #25 by Aconcagua

Polar Bear Knut 2010

This is Knut sticking out his tongue in 2010. Photo #26 by Matt Biddulph

Berlin Zoo, Germany Polar Bears - Knut

Berlin Zoo, Germany, Polar Bear Knut. Photo #27 by Nigel Swalesh

Polar Bear Knut Shaking 2010

Polar Bear Knut shaking the water off in 2010. Photo #28 by Benjamin Janecke

knut-2-2011

This was Knut in February 2011. Photo #29 by Benjamin Janecke

Knut - Berlin Zoo 2-2011

Knut at the Berlin Zoo in February 2011. In March, Knut was found dead in the water by zoo officials. He was only 4 years and three months old, which was well below the average life expectancy for polar bears of around age 35. It raised the question all over again of whether or not polar bears belong in zoos. Rest in peace, Knut, you were a superstar with millions of fans worldwide. Photo #30 by Marmontel


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