The short life of Berlin's famous polar bear Knut is like a fairy tale, was full of joy and sorrow. Knut, who on Saturday at the age of four years died suddenly, moving people around the world. The greater the shock on Saturday when he was found floating in the water dead.
From his mother failed, polar bear was the small village of the keeper Thomas was raised by loving. Also, he died unexpectedly: With only 44 years, he died of a heart attack in 2008.
Weighed 810 gram at birth, the tiny polar bear on 5 December 2006.Dörflein took him by the bottle with. Then the 23 March 2007: The world premiere of the snow-white, cuddly Knut, the symbol of an endangered species captured the hearts of the people as. The stories and pictures of the crowd favorite, the lifetime of almost eleven million people in the zoo came to, went rapidly around the world. "Knut is doing well," T-shirts and coffee mugs printed on, as plush velvet, in a leading role in the cinema movie "Knut and his friends," the book of an American best-selling authors.
Dörflein, who a green felt blanket behind him moved on, the football crumpled to Knut kicked one of the animal in deep water diving and belly splash practiced with. Knut, the males made for the crowd and croissants in flight caught and swallowed, the fans had much to laugh about. They came in droves like no other zoo animals in Berlin, Knut even placed Knorke Gorilla, Panda Bao-Bao and hippo Knautschke in the shade. Up to seven million euros in additional revenue to the hype washed in the zoo Knut cash.
Knut The story went under your skin and fit in time. "Knut is against evil in the News» Klös once told his supervisor Heiner bear at the zoo. A U.S. cameraman, Knut first steps together with 500 from around the world to Berlin rushed journalists watched lumbering cried at work. In response to questions he said: "Yesterday I shot still at war, and today I must be here."
After 33 years break Knut was the first polar bear born in Berlin again. His twin died four days after birth, but nurses Dörflein never gave up, sucked Knut on his hands like a big cat purring, cat food drink crushed with milk.Elvis Presley sang melodies Dörflein him playing guitar for Christmas in his sleep. In September 2008, died village of sudden cardiac death. His grave in Berlin-Spandau was attended by hundreds of fans of Knut, the zoo keepers had closed his heart also.
Knut's life went on. Now that his first experiences were amusing friends people. Polar bears girl Gianna from London led to a bit of a rough crashing slap in a living room with Knut. A few weeks later but both turtelten behind the trees on the bear rocks. Meanwhile it was also clear that Knut Zoo Berlin belonged to the reservation. In a spectacular court cases were for 430 000 euro, the ownership of the zoo Neumünster been bought.
The fan base was already dreaming of little Knut-babies. But it was different: as Gianna to Munich in their Heimatzoo Hellabrunn had to go back was zoo chief Bernard Blaszkiewitz not a happy solution. Knut spent the last months of his short life than just four years old and not yet sexually mature bear in the company of three old ladies polar bears.
The three polar bears ladies - his mother Tosca, Nancy and Katyusha, all over 20 - isolated him, leaving him in on the huge rocks bear little space."Bullying" against Knut said in headlines. Katyusha attack him once violently so that he fell backwards into the water. InsideWeb images were clicked on a massive scale. The Canadian polar bear expert Else Poulsen sharply criticized. His life with the three females was "repetitive, outdated and cruel." The animal rights group Peta, the Berlin Open, the German Animal Protection Federation called for improvements in the attitude. But it remained as it was - up to Knut's sudden death in which he bears the rocks and in water alone was open.