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Goodbye Knut

Updated on February 15, 2013

Goodbye Knut: A Tribute to an Extraordinary Polar Bear

I had just started sculpting polar bears and being aware of them when I saw my first article about Knut being born. As soon as I saw his photos and read his story, I was hooked. Completely. Hopelessly. Joyfully.

I read about him daily. I couldn't get enough and I told everyone I met about him. I was so hooked, I thought that more people might want to know about him too so I started a blog called Polar Bear News. It was my first blog and I had a lot to learn. So, as Knut learned to be a polar bear, I learned how to blog.

Next, I heard about Squidoo and decided to try my hand at it. Are You Polar Bear Aware? was born. I decided to make it about polar bears not just about Knut. It was an instant success and I believe that Knut had a big hand in making it successful. People were starting to notice polar bears thanks to all the press he got and the sympathy his abandonment garnered.

Knut not only nurtured my love affair with polar bears but also instigated my journey with Squidoo, which has become another love of mine.

All royalties earned on this lens are automatically donated to Polar Bears International to help save polar bears.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Berlin Zoo. (A favorite of mine.)

BREAKING NEWS - Feb. 14, 2013: A lifesize model of Knut will be on display beginning February 16 through March 15 in Berlin at the Natural History Museum. After the massive potests of Knut fans and animal lovers from around the world when it was discussed that they would stuff Knut, they changed their plans. The model is a plastic form covered with Knut's fur. A compromise but one I believe most of us can live with. For more info, click Lifesize Model of Knut ...

Knut Made a Lasting Impact on Millions of People

This Little Polar Bear Changed The World

Germany's famous polar bear died today, Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the young age of four. Although Knut's life was short, it was impressive. He made a huge impact on the world. People who didn't know what a polar bear looked like were awed by this little bear's playfulness and curiosity. He also put a face on Climate Change for many people.

His fame started shortly after his birth on December 5, 2006 when his mother rejected him and he was to be raised by humans. Knut-the-Cute, as he was fondly called, was pronounced Germany's Global Warming Ambassador. He had his photo on the cover of Vanity Fare with American Actor, Leonardo DeCaprio; had thousands of aticles and YouTube videos about him. He even had death threats, body guards and a custody suit. Visitors came from all over the world to see him in person, helping raise in 2007 alone, over $7.6 million for the Berlin Zoo.

Knut's image was, or is, used to sell products worldwide, selling everything including stuffed bears and sweets.

Yes, this little bear was a star the moment he was born until the day he died. May his memory stand the test of time. I know I'll never forget this little bear for his impact on my life.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Berlin Zoo

The Knut I fell In Love With

The Knut I fell In Love With
The Knut I fell In Love With

This is a great photo of Knut approximately 1-1/2 years old. He put on a little weight but he's still a cutie!

NOTE: Photo courtesy of Berlin Zoo

  1. December 5, 2006 - Knut and unnamed brother born at the Berlin Zoo to mother, 20 year-old Tosca, and father, Lars. Mother rejects the two cubs leaving them on a rock. Zoo keepers save the two cubs.
  2. Dec. 9, 2006: Brother dies of infection. Knut spends first 44 days in an incubator.
  3. 2006: Thomas Dörflein becomes Knut's surrogate parent after Knut leaves incubator, handing feed him and living with the young bear.
  4. 2007: Knut on the cover with Leonardo DeCaprio
  5. 2007: Knut is announced as Germany's Ambassador for Global Warming by the German minister of the environment.
  6. March 2007: "Animal rights activist, Frank Albrecht, said Knut should have been killed rather than humiliated by being raised "as a domestic pet". He declared that the zoo was violating animal protection legislation by keeping him alive." (Source: Wikipedia) Thousands of people around the world came to Knut's defense.
  7. Apr. 18, 2007: The Berlin Zoo received a death threat against Knut in the form of an anonymous faxed letter which said in German, "Knut is dead! Thursday noon." Police increased their security measures around Knut and the time outlined in the threat letter passed without incidence.
  8. Apr. 9, 2008: Deutsche Post postage stamp hits the world with a photo of polar bear cub, Knut.
  9. Sept. 2008: Dörflein, 44, Knut's surrogate parent, dies from a heart attack.
  10. 2009: A custody lawsuit is filed by Neumunster Zoo claiming Knut's father, Lars, made any offspring their property.

    The ruling was that the Berlin Zoo had to pay Neumunster Zoo a total of 430,000 euros (350,000 euros this year, and 40,000 euros per year for the next two years).This equals a little under US$1 million.

  11. March 19, 2011: Knut dies unexpectedly.
  12. Dec. 27, 2011: Knut The memorial. A Website holds a vote on designs for a life-size bronze sculpture to be cast in time for first anniversary of Knut's death in German zoo. 42 entries received from Germany and Austria. Voting continues until Jan. 8, 2012. Entries can be seen at Knut Memorial

Vote for Knut Memorial Sculpture

42 Designs for Knut Sculpture

A memorial bronze sculpture will be commissioned of Knut. The photo here is only one of the 42 entries coming from German or Austrian artists. You can vote for your favorite by:

1. Either send an email letter to your favorite number in the subject line, enter the text name, address and telephone number.

2. Or choose by card / letter to: COURIER, PO Box 021 283, 10124 Berlin, Password: Knut.

To see all 42 entries, go to Knut Memorial Sculptures

Knut Stamp

Knut Stamp
Knut Stamp
knut chewing man foot
knut chewing man foot

Knut Died March 19, 2011

Long Live Knut

Knut is dead. I still can't believe it. He died today, Saturday, March 19th at the Berlin Zoo, his home for his short life. He was only 4 years old. I expected to be writing and reading about him for another 20 years.

I am simply stunned.

March 21, 2011: According to the zoo keeper who took care of Knut he was in the water and fine, then he was dead. Preliminary necropsy results was that Knut drown when he fell into the water and could not be fished out in time. Preliminary autopsy results show distinctive anomalies at the brain."

March 26, 2011: According to a Reuters article, Epilepsy killed celebrity polar bear Knut: report, "Neurologists reported that they performed a CAT scan on Knut's brain which revealed abnormalities and stated that he died after an epileptic fit." They surmised that Knut inherited Epilepsy from his father, Lars, as he suffered from the disease too. They also said, "Neurologists said the fit was triggered by a brain disorder yet to be identified. Knut's brain is now being studied at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wild Animal Research (IZW)."

March 30, 2011: New results show Knut did not have epilepsy. Instead he "had developed a fatal brain disease," according to a source of the German Press Agency. They said that according to the doctors Knut did not drown and would have died instantly. That ends speculations (including mine) that if they had fished him out sooner, would he have lived? We'll see if this is the final-final results. I'll keep you informed.

April 20, 2011: Knut's brain is saved for posterity in 3D. According to M&C News, "... Knut's skull has been saved digitally. It has also been reproduced on a 3D printer, a device that manufactures shapes using successive layers of resin. The resin skull is a perfect replica of the original inside the head of Knut".

July 26, 2011: Polar bear Knut's body on ice four months later "Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) are still investigating the virus that killed Knut. Meanwhile researchers at Berlin's Natural History Museum are still looking for the right way to preserve Knut's body for exhibition, Berlin daily BZ reported."

NOTE: Photo courtesy of Berlin Zoo

Knut may be stuffed
Knut may be stuffed

Knut May be Stuffed!

Berlin Zoo Considering This

Say it ain't so!

But it is. Well, at least they are talking about having Knut stuffed and put on display at the Berlin Natural History Museum. The thought is disgusting and degrading. Let him rest in peace.

Gesine Steiner, a spokeswoman for the Museum told Bloomberg, "It is true that our taxidermists are working on his corpse and have removed his fur. We haven't yet made a decision on whether we will stuff him and exhibit him. We have to talk to the zoo. We do of course have lots of stuffed zoo animals on show here."

I hope that this does not happen. I don't like seeing stuffed animals any more than I would like to see a stuffed human body. I'll keep on this story and let you know more as it unfolds. You can read more at Knut the polar bear may be stuffed, displayed in Berlin museum a story by USA Today.

3/25/11 Update: Gesine Steiner from the Museum is insisting that Knut will not be stuffed. He will be "prepared" by stretching it over a plastic form. Sorry. Stuffed, prepared, stretched -- it's is still indecent. If you agree with me, please contact the Berlin Zoo's Director at ...

Dr. Bernhard Blaszkiewitz / Director of Zoo and Tierpark Berlin

Gabriele Thöne / Member of board of directors

Hardenbergplatz 8

10787 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 254 01 232

Fax: +49 30 254 01 255

E-Mail: info@zoo-berlin.de

Almost protests have been posted in the zoo's online memorial book for Knut. A protest is being organized for Saturday morning (Earth Day) at the zoo. If you are in Germany, please join the efforts.

Dec. 27, 2011: Knut's body is still on ice as far as I can tell (see article in above module dated July 26, 2011). No news yet as to whether Knut will be stuffed and put on display or not. I think they are waiting until the furor dies down. I'll keep you informed. Frankster

NOTE: Photo courtesy of Berlin Zoo

Knut - 2008

Knut - 2008
Knut - 2008

Knut's Human Parent - Thomas Doerflein

Raising Knut the polar bear

When Knut's mother abandoned him, zoo-keeper, Thomas Doerflein, took over the job of Mom. Not only did he live with Knut, day and night; he also fed him, played with him, and taught him to the best of his ability to be a polar bear. Their relationship was very close as you can see by these photos. (What I would have given to be in his place.)

The relationship was one of the many controversies that surrounded Knut his whole life.

On September 22, 2008, after Knut and Doerflein were split up, Doerflein is found dead in his apartment. Rumors saying it was suicide were later discounted as the autopsy showed a heart attack.

Below is a picture taken of Knut shortly after the announcement. His sad look seems to say it all for many of us who fell in love with both Knut and Doeflein. For more on this story, click Zookeeper's death.

Photo by AP

Knut and His Tongue - Knut was Always Sticking out his Tongue

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Knut Photo Gallery - Memories of a Special Polar Bear

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Wonderful Books about Knut - Knut, The Little Polar Bear

If you haven't read Knut's full story, then get one of these books. They will fill in the blanks for your about his life.

Polar Bear Cartoon Book Released!

By Cartoonist David M. Booth

My good friend and polar bear lover, David M. Booth, just released his first book of polar bear cartoons and it is terrific!

David is an Alaskan artist and cartoonist. He is the official cartoonist for Polar Bears International and you can see his cartoons on their website. David also donates his work to many other non-profit organizations that deal with Polar Bears, endangered species, and the environment. The plight of the polar bears is not a humorous subject, it is David's philosophy that cartoons that add a bit of humor can accomplish much more than "doom & gloom" dialogue.

The book aslo contains beautiful exclusive polar bear photos, everything one needs to know about polar bears, and even a polar bear crossword puzzle.

You can get you own copy by clicking on the book photo above, or click Skating on Thin Ice.

Wear a Bear in Knut's Honor

Polar Bears Cartoon Ware by David M. Booth

Just click on the logo you like below to see all of the products available in that design from t-shirts and jackets to card and posters. To see dozens more of his designs, click B-Cool Stuff

My Favorite Knut Photo - Knut Was a Happy Piolar Bear

I've always believed that Knut was a happy bear. You just have to look at photos of him. When he would go off by himself, the press or some group would say he was depressed, sad or unhappy. I disagree. If you were put in front of crowds daily, wouldn't you want to have some alone-time, some decompress time? I know I would.

This is my final argument -- this photo by Reuters. Isn't it wonderful? Doesn't he look happy? Content? Satisfied? I'd say YES!

Nature vs. Man - Was the Berlin Zoo right not to let Knut die?

Do you think Knut should have been left to die instead of being raised by humans?

No way. A baby of any kind should not suffer because the mother had issues!

No way. A baby of any kind should not suffer because the mother had issues!

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    • kevin-collins 5 years ago

      He certainly should have been saved as he was already in the zoo. In the wild it might be a different story as there's no possibility to take care of the animal once it's grown.

    • TriciaLymeMom 5 years ago

      He should have been saved. He may not have had a perfect polar bear life and some sad things happened along the way but think of how many people are now aware of Polar Bears. How many people now care that didn't before? Would any of this have happened if he died?

    • Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Saving one is better than saving none.

    • davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      No way, if humans can save a life, they should try, no matter what species the animal is - well except maybe for cockroaches, and mosquitoes.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      to begin with if we truly wish to respect mother nature and ensure "Natural bullshitection" is ensured we must shut all zoo's down close all national parks never ever drive cars and stop using energy forms which rely on any type of fossil fuel (so everyone using a computer that thinks it was wrong to save the damn bear please unplug your Computers TVs and Ipods) further more we must also stop animal rescues and damn animal shelters (sorry puppy and kitties we must ensure you have a fair chance to survive by making it unfair to survive by releasing you to get shot at, run over, or just plain beaten) thx for listening.

    • LasgalenArts 5 years ago

      Once that baby was born in captivity it was a human responsibility. If we are going to take animals out of their environment we have an obligation to take care of them. What we should be doing is taking care of their environment so these animals don't end up in zoos. Just my 2 cents.

    • cutedevil308 5 years ago

      no it must not after all it is also a living creature.... what happened was totally wrong...

    • oxfordian 5 years ago

      I can't believe that this is even a debateable question. Of course save him. It's unbelievable to me that people can argue that wild animals deserve less care than domesticated ones -- or even care they would expect for themselves. I wonder if they would be arguing to "let nature take its course" if they had a genetic disease.

    • Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I don't know why Knut's mother abandoned him, but it was a good thing to save him and give him the best chance at life - which he took and gave us all joy!

    • Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Aren't polar bears becoming extinct? (or very close to it) So we need to save the animals (even if they are sick & will only live a few years, they should have a chance at life, as well as for those people who love that type of animal. To those who think & say otherwise.....just wait for your tourture in the afterlife! Knut to some of us...will always be alive!

    • Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Any life should be saved rather then allowing it to die without any intervention.

    • Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      it happens all the time and with these animals numbers so low i think they made the right call however nature shows that most times when mothers abandon babies its because they know somthing is wrong.

    • BuddyBink 5 years ago

      All life is valuable. You never know the impact of a life that is not lived. Knut was destine to have an impact.

    • jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      NO!

    • Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My daughter-in-law used to work for the Greenville, SC zoo and once hand-raised twin baby lion cubs for several months - feeding them every two hours around the clock in the beginning. An animal raised by humans is a wonderful 'alternative' choice.

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am glad that Knut was saved and raised by humans.

    • SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Mother left him.That's show how sensible and sensitive the animals are.I think the autopsy show why she left him for dead But it does mean that they should've left him to die. He was nice bear

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      If Knut wasn't raised by humans,,i sure wouldn't have heard of Knut!

    • quicpost 6 years ago

      Knut was a lucky bear to have been saved and gave the world so much. Thouhg Knut is gone now and is missed like Born Free the movie that I love so much aside of Daktari the television series which had Clarance the crossed eyed lion who I just adored, I wondered what life would have been like for poor Clarance. People with dyslexia have help and have lived very productive lives too. Clarance became a television star we're artists. So I always believe that it is more humane to let people with hearts do as they wish for pitiful people and animals.

    • RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      While I prefer wild animals to grow and live in the wild, I have no problem with the fact that they stepped in and saved him.

    • Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Since Knut was born in captivity I think the Zoo took the proper action. Humans were responsible for his presence in that environment. This was not natural selection or survival of the fittest.

    • Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      TylaMac, I agree. Zoos are not my favorite places wither and I definitely have problems with some practices of many. However, as you say, there would be more extinct animals without them.

    • Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      Knut had a happy four year life and brought joy to millions. I believe we have a responsibility to help our furry friends whenever we can.I don't always agree with the practices of zoos but some animals would be extinct without them.

    • Stardust67 6 years ago

      definately not... Knut has brightened our days just by watching him grow receiving and offering so much Love.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely NOT!

    • WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Nooo, too sad!

    • I001l01I02l 6 years ago

      we did our best. but perhaps he would've survived anyway...still, it was nature's decision for Knut to live with us humans.

    • Angela_Rosas 6 years ago

      No I don't. That's how we all learn

    • Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      I believe that our existence on this earth already affects wild animals and that we have a duty to be their protectors and caretakers.

    • britishidol2011 6 years ago

      That is really Lovely so cute baby . Thanks lots for sharing & nice Lens.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Our humanity is defined by our ability to choose to help our world and all that resides within it. If we are to see "nature taking its course" as a reason not to help, then we are by default defining ourselves as being excluded from nature, which we are not. We depend on this world just like any other creature. If we save an animal sure to die without our assistance, then that by default is nature taking its course.

    • OriginArtz LM 6 years ago

      Raised by a human is better.

    • BlueStarling 6 years ago

      The analogy might be far fetched for some, but we don't let people die when they can be saved. It's a matter of the human race developing greater compassion. I hope we are becoming more humane as a species. Anytime we save a life, it's a step forward.

    • ludyshubs 6 years ago

      The Berlin Zoo was right. Knut lived four years and made people smile. And still makes us smile. I think he was a happy baby polar bear. Maybe he should have been prepared to be released to the wild, but this only the experts know.

    • jacquelyndunn 6 years ago

      No...I think they should have taken care of him. I know nature takes care of things it's self but when you know what you know sometimes you just have to do what your heart says do.

    • bboy131 lm 6 years ago

      No I think it should have been raised and saved to live a longer and more enjoyable life.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely not, I saved and raised a duckling that the mother duck left behind, it boils down to compassion for life.

    • AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      Absolutely!

    • lilkon 6 years ago

      Why would someone not want to see that a very young animal, no matter what, is fed and cared for. I did squirrels and birds while raising my family and they learned to appreciate nature.

    • writerkath 6 years ago

      That's always a tough question... I know that part of me says "let nature take its course," but I have such a soft spot for helpless beings.

    • BabyCheetah 6 years ago

      I think in the wild we should not interfere depending on the situation but at the zoo they work for conservation so yes of course they made the right choice by saving Knuts life. Knut had 4 years of great memories and touched the hearts of many. RIP Knut <3

    • catbehaviors 6 years ago

      I don't think they should have left him to die just because his mother left him. It would have been better if he was in the wild in the first place though. :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      What an adorable story - too bad his life was so short - love all the photos !!!

      My son brought home a stray kitty - she had 7 babies in our closet. After 3 weeks she wanted to go back outside. We fed the babies and found them a good home - I wouldn't have it any other way with babies - they deserve to live !!!

    • greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      That is a tough question I think yes and no I am on the fence on this one!!!

    • Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      No I think he had a right to be kept alive, even if it was only for a short time. It didn't do any harm, and Polar Bears are a threatened species, so we ought to do everything that we can to protect them.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      No, Knut was already in captivity. Saving him didn't harm anything. I wouldn't support allowing any creature to die if it could be saved without harming anyone.

    • bjslapidary 6 years ago

      No. He had a purpose for being here.

    • Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      Yes and No. While I don't think it would have been good to leave the baby to die, perhaps his mother sensed he wasn't strong enough to live to adulthood and that is why she abandoned him. It is just a part of life in the wild - however in a zoo environment taking care of the abandoned cubs was the right choice.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I like polar bears as much as the next person. I am glad that Knut was given a chance at life, that he experienced a life, no matter that it was in a zoo. It would have been ideal if he had not been abandoned at all, but life is not always perfect.

    • I-sparkle 6 years ago

      No. If there is no right to life. God would not grant it to begin with.

    • Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Our humanity depends upon our compassion for all living creatures.

    • RachelScully 6 years ago

      As sad as it sounds maybe mum knew back then that something was wrong.

      I think he had a right to live. Look at what we do for our sick young.

    • Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      One of the Proverbs says, âA good man takes care of his animals, but wicked men are cruel to theirs.â (12:10)

    • ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      We have to do what we can.

    • pepperland lm 6 years ago

      There are many cases in wildlife where a mom takes over a child from a different species, so why shouldn't we? Very nice lens

    • nightbear lm 6 years ago

      It's ridiculous and simple attention seeking behavior on their part. It is of course best that he was not left to die. He had every right to life.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I really don't think the Knut should have been left to fend for himself at all!!!! His caretakers did just that-they took care of him because he was a sweet innocent animal that deserved the chance to live. How was he supposed to live without food from his mother?

      I also think that the level of attention he received from his primary caretakers should have been followed through for the rest of his life. Its basic logic that when an extreme amount of attention is given to an animal or a human, and then its taken away, that creature suffers dramatic changes emotionally and eventually physically. Why wasn't he given the same attention and care once at the Berlin Zoo? Isn't that what zookeepers and other helpers are for? Why make such a drastic change in his life and expect it not to have an impact? Animals don't have the complicated emotions that humans are capable of, so he didn't understand that someone couldn't love him the same way Thomas did. It's been proven time and time again, that when you raise an animal in captivity and then let it into the wild, they die. Just because Knut was in a zoo doesn't mean he was fully in "captivity". He was fully domesticated and he should have received that same level of care. I am completely certain that if someone would have paid that much attention to him they could have seen that he was sick.

    • lsliza lm 6 years ago

      absolutely not! What is the problem with people? As long as he was provided for and always in environment that met his needs.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      That wouldn't be right at all. All animals have the right to live and taking that right away is disgusting.

    • KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I have three cats that were buried alive by their mother. Three others in the littler didn't make it, but I never regret saving the ones we could. They're ten years old now, but were in such bad shape the emergency vet recommended euthanization.

    • KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      It makes no sense to simply abandon a vulnerable animal in need. Who could possibly be hurt by doing the humane thing?

    • Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      No, that would be inhumane.

    • Stonecutter 6 years ago

      Although we know that nature can be harsh, we still have a responsibility to all living creatures on this planet. To have left a helpless bear cub to die horribly would have been an absolute crime. Saving him was the right thing to do and look at the benefit the world received from his presence in this world.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      No if there was a way and there was for him to be raised and loved there was no reason anyone should have wanted him to die. Would you allow a human child to die because a parent rejected he or she. The outrage would be unbelievable so it is the same for an innocent animal. We need to cherish and protect what nature has graciously let us borrow and learn from them.

    • Kelsey-Budden-16 6 years ago

      Polar Bears are already going extinct as it is. We don't need zoo's to deliberately kill them as well!

    • AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      It would have been a travesty if any zoo was to allow an animal to deliberately die.

    • Karicor 6 years ago

      Humans are largely to blame for the decimation of the polar bear species. Of course we must do whatever we can to save a precious life.

    • Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      No. The Berlin Zoo did the right thing. We don't leave a human baby to die when a mother abandons it. Even in nature, animals will take over the care of a baby when the mother is missing.

    Yep. Let nature take it's course.

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      • dpethealth lm 5 years ago

        If we save one, the other deserve it too. Why not to save every one in Arctic? At the end they dying because of us...

      • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

        Sometimes it is best not to interfere, but we are humans after all... We would interfere either way...

      • felimone 5 years ago

        Knut is a wild animal so I thinks he better leaves with his own kind.. I also love knut.. Bye Knut...

      • ellagis 6 years ago

        As a animal lover, I´d say "no way! All the living creatures must have a chance to survive". As a zoologist. I´m obliged to say that if mother bear decided not to grow him, there was a reason.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It's an idea to save animals from nature, it's a sacrifice.

        This is only one sacrifice, if any, others are unheard of.

        It's also a very global issue, but if you can save someone, why not, only don't wager it upon political issues - because it's time to shine - it's common sence.

        Sorry to say, but let's leave them in the wild.

        And have 'Save an animal day.'

      • pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

        This happens in nature everyday. Animals have evolved and gotten along on their own without humans for thousands of years....now human interference is threatening polar bears more than ever with global climate change. I love animals, but life in a zoo is not a good life for nomadic polar bears.

      • justholidays 6 years ago

        I just think Knut's mother shouldn't have been in a zoo, therefore, her son wouldn't have been in a zoo and would have probably died, but in his own environment; which is always and only the best place for him. Just like our own environment is best for us.

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          starcodex lm 3 years ago

          A tormented soul :((((, such an unnatural life, lonely and sad. A life "for the pleasure of people" - just makes me very angry.

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          Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

          @kevin-collins: Lucky you to have seen him in person. I never got the opportunity.

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          kevin-collins 5 years ago

          Thanks for sharing. He was a cuddly little baby bear. I saw him 2 days before he died in the zoo as I visited with my family.

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          Ninche 5 years ago

          I am. I saw Knut in 2009 and it was breathtaking. This is wonderful lens, thank you for sharing!

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          BlissGlutenFree 5 years ago

          A lovely lens. I do love Polar bears and also those white Spirit Bears too!

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          davenjilli lm 5 years ago

          Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing. *blessings*

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thanks Frankster. Another quality bear lens from you, to which mine has now been linked.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          A wonderful tribute to a much loved bear

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          sousababy 5 years ago

          Came back to google +1 this, congrats on your well-deserved purple star (and I see from comments) you made the top 100 Community Favorites for 2011 - belated congrats too!

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          sousababy 5 years ago

          Oh, I must add this straight away to 'Living Articles on Squidoo' - beautifully told and great photos. Rest in peace dear Knut.

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          Afteretc 5 years ago

          I saw Knut when I was in Berlin! Such a beautiful polar bear! RIP Knut.

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          Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

          Happy New Year and Congratulations on making the top 100 Community Favorites for 2011! I remember when this happened, so sad. This tribute to him is truly lovely.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          knut's so cute!!

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          dpethealth lm 5 years ago

          Cute cub bear which was glamorized too much. Yet I would give his owners a lot of credit to take his "case" of polar bear and promote conservation of this magnificent animals.

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          LasgalenArts 5 years ago

          I hadn't heard about this bear before. Informative lens. Great job! As for what to do with Knut now it's out of your hands.

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          cutedevil308 5 years ago

          gudbye knut according to god nature was playing a vital role against you. very cute article..

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          rachsue lm 5 years ago

          We all fell in love with Knut and when he passed, we all felt a horrible loss. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful lens in his honour.

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          djroll 5 years ago

          A lovely tribute to Knut. Thank you.

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          oxfordian 5 years ago

          Beautiful and very mnoving story. I actually avoided reading this lens for days because I was afraid of getting too emotional about it, but I'm glad I did. I'm so sorry for your loss. I have a dog named Charlie and his baby (puppy) pictures look just like Knut ... he even looks a little like him grown up. Check out my lens on Care of the Puppy: Your Puppy's First Year for pictures. We even call him our "little polar bear." Here's an Squid Angel Blessing for you (and for Knut too!).

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          entertainmentev 5 years ago

          I fell in love with Knut too. This site was informative and brought me so many smiles thinking about him. Thank you for sharing the polar bear love!

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          tq01089 5 years ago

          poor knut.

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          writerkath 5 years ago

          Had to pop over again and add a Squid Blessing now that I've been blessed w/ Squid Wings... Hugs, Kath

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          Lindrus 5 years ago

          Wonderful but sad lens about cute Knut...

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          Thanks for sharing about Knut - I love polar bears! Blessed

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          Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

          :::tears:: beautiful page! I have a pic from our the Daily News from his 4th birthday hanging up in my room in memorium. When I saw the page I HAD to look at it. I've added it to my featured lenses on https://hubpages.com/animals/sullycat lens as well as will be in my http://www.squidoo.com/Funkyfavesquid page (a list of my fave lenses,,,,yet to be published tho)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Yes, I love Polar Bears, and Knut was a sweet bear. I love all the bears, every kind. There's something special about any animal that is all white. Cute lens and wonderful tribute to Knut. ~ Bear hugs and a blessing!

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          Omaster 5 years ago

          I love the Polar Bear picture!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Beautiful creatures - beautiful lens.

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          Thrinsdream 5 years ago

          That was a very moving and beautiful piece of writing. I had never heard of Knut but I understand how such a beautiful creature captured your heart. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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          baby-strollers 5 years ago

          Cool lens - I saw them at the zoo one time - fascinating creatures

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          Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

          great lens thanks

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          writerkath 5 years ago

          I just noticed that your lens was front and center again, so I decided to come by again and see the updates. You are so good to keep this issue (and therefore similar issues) before us all. I really do hope the zoo will just allow Knut to rest in peace... THanks for keeping us updated. Hugs, Kath

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          BuddyBink 5 years ago

          I remember seeing the first images of Knut when the public got its first view of him. It was on line of course but, he was so cute. It is so sad he is gone.

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          Rhidawn 5 years ago

          Aww I love Knut too! Its so sad that he's gone :(..He'll always be remembered though. Great lens.

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          Wonderful to see this on the front page. Returning to sprinkle a blessing for your New Year. May our love for animals be the essence of a year filled with meaning and purpose.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          This lens definitely made me think

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          wheresthekarma 5 years ago

          THis is a great lens, i stumbled across it by accident but man did it catch my attention. You're a great writer with a fantastic passion to want to help animals. Kudos!!! I agree they should just let Knut rest in peace now!

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          Knut was an awesome polar bear and it is sad that he passed so early.

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          What a cute polar bear, such a shame that he died so unexpectedly. I don't know how they can survive in temperatures that aren't freezing like their home in the Arctic.

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          jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

          He was a fine beast. That human intervention worked imperfectly is a testament to the righteous need of humans to do the right thing. I hope those humans would make the same decision, next time.

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          Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

          Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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          MCB2011 5 years ago

          Wonderful lens!

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          Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

          Knut was definitely a cutie and a special bear. Congrats on making the top 100!

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          Mickie Goad 5 years ago

          I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry for the world, as well. I know writing this page is helping you deal with it. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being in the top 100 Community Lens List.

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          Tagsforkids 5 years ago

          I enjoyed this lens before, but came back to congratulate you on making the top 100. Good luck.

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          Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          I love Polar Bears too and found this tribute to Knut very special. I'm so glad you wrote it. Congratulations on having Knut featured on the 2011 Top 100 list.

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          Thanks for this endearing tribute! And congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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          Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

          Congrats on being one of the Top 100 lenses for the year.

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          This was my choice for favorite lens of 2011. I knew as soon as I heard the news that you would create a fitting tribute to Knut.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I sure enjoyed reading this amazing story about Knut, the Polar Bear. Your favorite photo of him is mine, too. Congrats on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

          Knut was amazing bear. I bet he will have a movie dedicated to him one day... He has a lens already! I have never seen him, but kind of miss him anyway.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Fabulous lens!!!! I loved the part on the polar bears; but I never knew Knut was dead. There was articles about him and i watched a documentary on T.V but never knew he was dead. Im sickened. I followed his progress on YouTube for ages. The pieces you did on him were excellent.

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          ellagis 6 years ago

          I think zoos are horrible places for a wild animal to live in. But.... if only one animal can "sacrify" himself, living in a zoo (the best way possible, of course), and arising attention about the issues of extinction and climate changing, then, I can stand the idea. Like you said in your beautiful lens, Knut was a symbol. That was the important. Of course, I was very sad when I heard that he died....

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          An inspiring site made for a great cause..thanks for having some much information about Knut in one place.

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          Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

          This lens is obviously a labor of love. Thank You for it.

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          seostive 6 years ago

          Nice lens friend, keep it up, i would like to thanks to you that you posted the very informative information.

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          ChrissLJ 6 years ago

          I hadn't realized he had passed on. While I am (very) anti zoos, I believe since we humans are the reason for the problems most of the wild and endangered animals face, it is our responsibility to protect them at all costs. The zoo's choice to "stretch" Knut also saddens me. It's too reminiscent of Napoleon's dogs and horse.

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          otherlleft 6 years ago

          This is a touching and educational tribute, thank you!

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          HarrisonTheMod 6 years ago

          That is so heart warming, I really love it!

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          Saeris 6 years ago

          Beautiful Photos...I absolutely LOVE polar bears! :D Would you mind checking out my lens? http://www.squidoo.com/healthy-and-good-exercise For those of you that want to/have trouble getting into exercise. :)

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          kguru1979 lm 6 years ago

          very brilliant lens...

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          Bella Stella 6 years ago

          The photos show a lovely bear and I would prefer not thinking of his death...

          Great lens!

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          distancelearningcourses 6 years ago

          Hi Frankster, thanks for your effort to writing such a informative lens on Polar Bear. sadly they are loosing in numbers. I am sure you would have rewarded LOtD from Squidoo. Here after I will keep visiting this page... keep writing Good Lens.. LOL

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Sad loss, I'm sorry. He was really cute!

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          Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          Flying by to bless some animal lenses today... =^@@^= 'Bout time say the Persimews.... :)

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          greenerme 6 years ago

          I was so sad to see him go! I'm glad they found the reason at least as to why it happened. This is a really beautiful tribute.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          What a sad loss. Poor Knut. The consolation is that he was loved and he brought happiness to many, and apparently was happy himself during his short life. Wonderful lens.

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          sopranosyndicat1 6 years ago

          Sad loss, he was a Cute little guy.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          cute,is sad it die.i can believe the zoo want to stuffed,your right let him rest in peace.

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          RandyMeisner 6 years ago

          Poor little guy. He sure was cute!

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          I001l01I02l 6 years ago

          oh..how can i say goodbye? i wanted to see Knut!

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          Vicki_Footheathcare 6 years ago

          How cute! :)

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          Angela_Rosas 6 years ago

          Cutie pie.....

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          Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

          Loved this lens. Nice story and lots of pictures. Will look out for more polar bears in future.

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          J-Monti 6 years ago

          He's cool!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Hi Franster ;o)..I just discovered your posts recently in the aftermath of Knut's death. I am as shocked and unnerved as you. You've done a lovely job of collecting lots of the most well-known photos, footage and history of Knut. He was also my muse for the last 4 years. I also participated with many other people in the internet community who loved him. I miss him dearly but I must admit, I am glad he did not have to grow old in that stony, monotonous enclosure. Now he lives permanantly in the warmth of our hearts. Thank you!

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          Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

          I think this lil knut touched many hearts in his life, beautiful story and tribute to him. Blessed!

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          LynetteBell 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

          Perhaps Thomas Doerflein and Knut are now together for all time.

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          jolou 6 years ago

          Great tribute. Congratulations on LOTD.

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          Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

          Amazingly, I didn't hear anything about Knut until he died. This is a beautiful lens about him. He was adorable.

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          Eighteen18 6 years ago

          A gorgeous bear ... very sad.

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          Wedding Mom 6 years ago

          He sure was awful cute, to bad about his untimely death.

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          katiecolette 6 years ago

          What a touching and sad story.

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          Doolens 6 years ago

          Hi what a lovely lens. Must admit made me cry. What a cute little chap. Nice to see people thinking so much about animals. would'nt our lives be sooo much more boring without them. RIP Knut. Cheers for telling his story.

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          gr8face 6 years ago

          His personality came right through the camera. He was a real character.

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          britishidol2011 6 years ago

          That is really painful

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          Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

          Congrats on the Knut story here and LOTD! ****Blessed****

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am absolutely devastated by Knut's death! I had wanted so much to visit him in Berlin! I pray he is at peace in heaven with Thomas.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I wonder what makes the parent abandon the small kids. A wonderful story of Knut and his attempts of survival in this tough world.

          Congrats on the LOTD.

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          viscri8 6 years ago

          very nice story and pics. Keep well.

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          greener4you 6 years ago

          What a great tribute to Knut, he touched so many lives in his short lifetime. Congratulations on your LOTD

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          What a great story, thanks for sharing -:) Congrats on LOTD

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          bohnanza22 6 years ago

          Thanks for sharing his story.

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          OriginArtz LM 6 years ago

          This is a really touching lens.

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          OriginArtz LM 6 years ago

          This is a really touching lens.

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          KellyMariaClark 6 years ago

          What a wonderful lens. It brought tears to my eyes... what a sweet bear who touched so many hearts!

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          PamelaRice 6 years ago

          I, too, have followed Knut since his earliest days, and I share your grief at the loss of this extraordinary being. He was noble, and will be missed. I like to think he will shortly be reincarnated to live the life he was meant for; and the life just passed served to make us aware of the plight of polar bears.

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          BuildingBlockToys 6 years ago

          A wonderful tribute to a cute polar bear that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. Thanks Frankie for making this lens!

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          Susan300 6 years ago

          Thank you for sharing Knut's story with us, even though it had a sad ending...

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          It seems like Knut was loved by many. It's sad that he couldn't live in the wilderness, but killing him would have been cruel. He still lived a happy life with his caretaker. I hope he won't be forgotten.