Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

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Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:35 pm

A HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAR
Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath
While Berlin's superstar polar bear celebrates the end of his second year of life, many worry that his time in the city may be approaching its end.
12/05/2008

There is something bittersweet, perhaps even elegiac, about the idea of celebrating Knut's second birthday at a time when rumors are flying that the Berlin Zoo's most famous occupant will soon be deported to an undisclosed location -- perhaps in Sweden. Perhaps this is the reason that the zoo had originally declined to plan any festivities at all, before caving to a well-organized international campaign that collected thousands of signatures.

Still, Berlin's first bear gave no sign of fear or existential unease as fans -- just as they did last year -- rolled in from all over the world on Friday to pay him tribute. Two years may not seem like a long time, even when computed in bear years. Nevertheless, it is worth considering that Knut began life as an orphan rejected by his mother. He then proceeded to outlive his adoptive parent, handler Thomas Dörflein, who tragically died of a heart attack earlier this year. Perhaps there is indeed much to celebrate. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,594692,00.html
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Yes, this polar bear was 2007's poster bear until a new little cub went through a similar situation this year (Flocke in Nuremburg). Sad to hear that the bear's human handler has passed on.
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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby fishandchips on Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:12 pm

12/17/2008

THE KNUT DISPUTE
Zoos Face Off in Polar Bear Brouhaha

By Wiebke Hollersen

He's the world's most popular polar bear, and he's brought thousands together. But for two German zoo directors he's the focus of a simmering dispute about who really owns the once "Cute Knut."

At the time, the deal in the contract was that Neumünster would get the odds and Berlin would get the evens. For Berlin, at least, that turns out to have been an unfortunate deal, says Peter Drüwa, director of the Neumünster Zoo. But, Drüwa adds, the legal situation is still crystal clear: "The first, third, fifth -- they're ours."

This particular contract from 1999, which deals with the loaning out and breeding of polar bears, has become so important that Drüwa prefers to not even show "the document" to visitors. The contract is about Knut, the world's most famous polar bear. Money and influence come into play, and even an ultimatum. It's Neumünster against Berlin, zoo against zoo.The crux of the matter is that Neumünster loaned Lars, Knut's father, to the Berlin Zoo. And so it is Drüwa, 63, who should decide Knut's fate. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,596834,00.html

The lawsuit over Knut's ownership goes to court next spring. The plot development over where Knut will live continues to thicken. The zoo world in Germany is in the spotlight.
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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby dreamon on Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:17 pm

Man jumps into polar bear Knut's enclosure

A man has jumped into the Berlin zoo enclosure of famed polar bear Knut, but officials were able to keep the
animal away from the intruder by distracting him with a leg of beef.

The 37-year-old man jumped over a fence into a water-filled ditch at the edge of the bear's enclosure on Monday
morning, police said in a statement.

Zoo keepers, who had just let Knut into his outdoor enclosure, were able to lure the bear back into his cage by
producing a leg of beef.


http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/man-jumps-into-famous-polar-bears-enclosure/2008/12/23/1229794356912.html


Clearly they need to fix the enclosure. This should not have happened. I think the man needs to see a shrink, and should not
have been released. Hes got issues and this one could have cost him his life.

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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby fishandchips on Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:33 pm

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For the rest of Germany the current freezing temperatures may be unbearable but for Knut the polar bear, it is paradise. Spiegel
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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby alohasand on Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:24 pm

Adding a story on polar bears and global warming to Knut's thread-no news on his status in Berlin?-to keep the polar bear fans updated:

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Polar bears, like the ones pictured, have come to symbolize the threat posed to wildlife by climate change. (Kyodo News, via The Associated Press)
Polar bears' greatest peril: Global warming
By Andrew C. Revkin
Published: March 19, 2009

NEW YORK: Five countries that created a treaty nearly four decades ago to protect polar bears through controlled hunting issued a statement Thursday that called climate change "the most important long-term threat" to the bears.

The statement came in Tromso, Norway, at the end of a three-day meeting of scientists and officials from Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States, all with territory abutting the Arctic Ocean that serves as habitat for the bears. (Denmark was represented through Greenland, which is moving toward becoming an independent country.)

Polar bear experts at the meeting said the treaty parties were committed to collaborating on programs aimed at limiting direct threats to bear populations from tourism, shipping and oil and gas drilling in the warming region.

But they said the countries bound by the 1973 bear agreement would be unable, without worldwide cooperation, to address the looming risk to the species: the prospect that global warming from accumulating emissions of greenhouse gases would continue to erode the sheath of Arctic sea ice that the half-ton bears roam in pursuit of seals. http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/19/europe/polar.php
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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby pysanky on Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:58 pm

Arctic sea ice moves in ocean, crossing borders--what now, GPS markers for ice to be watched? Rubber ducks have not come home from ice yet.

If bears cannot hunt on ice, what meal plan b is for bears?
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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby rodeorope on Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:21 pm

I guess this lady wanted to wish Knut a belated happy birthday. Shes lucky to be alive:


Woman survives polar bear mauling at Berlin Zoo

Zoo keepers saved the life of a German woman who jumped into a polar bear enclosure at Berlin Zoo by pushing away of one of the animals when it attacked her.

The keepers' bravery was praised after they dragged the 32-year-old out of a moat for the animals. They had to shove the animal out of the way after one of four polar bears dived into the water and attacked her, inflicting serious bites to her legs and arms.

Knut, the zoo's baby bear that became an international celebrity in 2007 after it was hand-reared by a keeper, was in the enclosure at the time. Germany went polar bear crazy after the birth of the cute animal.


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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:01 pm

09/29/2009

Polar Bear Love
Knut's First Date Starts with a Whack to the Face

Berlin's star polar bear Knut met another polar bear for the first time on Tuesday. And aside from an initial round-house delivered by the visiting Gianna, zookeepers pronounced the date a success.

He was a hard-playing polar bear from Berlin. She was an Italian supermodel. He knew he would have just one chance to impress her.

And on Tuesday, it looks as though Knut did. Zookeepers in Berlin pronounced the first date between Berlin's polar bear star and Gianna, a three-year-old originally from Italy but now on loan to Berlin from the Munich zoo, a success.

Indeed, aside from Knut suffering an initial whack upside the head, the meetings -- one in the morning and another in the early afternoon -- were remarkably peaceful. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,652097,00.html

Will Knut be more bear than bear-human? Socialization of the bear with the visiting bear will be of interest to the zookeepers involved in Knut's care.
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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby deja vu on Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:12 am

The cuddly cub is now 3.


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Re: Knut Turns Two as Berlin Holds Its Breath

Postby fishandchips on Fri Dec 25, 2009 2:27 pm

http://tiergarten.nuernberg.de/v04/2009.213.0.html?&L=1 Gallery of current photos of that other bear, Flocke, and her beau, Rasputin. The zoo gave the bears the space that used to belong to Flocke's mum, Vera.

Some of the photos are odd-either bears are having temper tantrums or Flocke does not like Rasputin in her face all of the time. Will be a time to see if Flocke is a good polar bear mum or not when she has cubs.

Still no news about Knut and any female bear yet?
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