The wonderful dreamlike Summer 2007

Aug 5th, 2012 | By | Category: The Memory Lane

5.8.2012 – By Mervi, Photos by Gina

The Summer 2007 is the Summer we will never forget. It was the Summer of our Dream Team!

We will always remember the ‘shows’. How wonderful it was to see the bear and his keeper doing things together. Playing, swimming or just relaxing. It was like a fairy tale and many of us often wonder if it happened at all. However, it DID happen and we were fortunate to be a part of that fairy tale.

Who would have thought in the happy Summer 2007 that our fairy tale would have such a tragic ending….. Our Dream Team is gone but we still have our memories and in our hearts we can live that magic Summer over and over again!








The shows were over in July but even after that TD and Knuti continued to be close.



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  1. Dear Mervi,

    usually, fairy tales have a Happy End. This fairy tale, however, had a tragic end.
    All which is left is the memory, but we do cherish this memory deep in our hearts.

    Thank you so much for keeping the memory alive by filling the memory lane in KWM

    Big Bear Hugs,
    from caren

  2. Dear MERVI – Thank you so very much for another beautiful memory-contribution for ‘our’ KNUTi and his keeper “TD”. I like especially the third photo from above. How much KNUTi enjoyed any of TD’s strokes of caress! // GINA – Solltest Du hier mal herein sehen: nochmals vielen Dank für all die schönen Bilder, die Du uns damals ‘geliefert’ hast und aus deren Fundus wir u.a. auch heute noch bei Bedarf schöpfen können. // Yes, dear MERVI, those were the days! They have gone for ever (sometimes I would even like to have the times back, when I could follow KNUT’s story without knowing of anything that was already going on around the little bear ‘behind the scenes’. I was naiv in the best sense of the word. Sigh!! Anyway, I am happy that at least some of us are still in contact in kind of the ‘original’ . . ., thanks to you, dear MERVI.


  3. Mervi…

    Thank you so much for these wonderful memories of a magicall summer; like Dumba, I was especially touched by the third photo from the top… so much trust and obvious affection between Thomas and our unforgetable Knuti.

    I, too, continue to miss Knut… he was-and remains- one of a kind. The “Dream Team” truly was an apt name.

    I will carry memories of Knut always… and, even though we lost him at far too young an age and miss him terribly, I like to think his story did have a happy ending of sorts… because it was his story, when it hit the international media, that really seemed to ignite a global interest in these beautiful creatures.

    The time we had with him physically among us was too short… but time is always too short for those who love. Our sweet little cub, who grew into an amazing bear before he had to leave us, left a fantastic legacy for his relatives in zoos and in the wild. Although he is no longer with us in the physical sense, his spirit lives on…

  4. Liebe Mervi

    Das sind sehr schöne Erinnerungsfotos vom Dreamteam.
    Danke an Gina, dass sie ihre Fotos zur Verfügung gestellt hat.
    Wer hätte damals gedacht, dass uns TD und Knut so bald verlassen würden.

    Herzliche Grüsse

  5. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for the lovely memories of the Dreamteam…
    Oh, those were the days, my friend….and we thought
    they would never end….I think back on how WONDERFUL
    those days were…everyday….watching the Dreamteam…
    full of love and joy…..precious….

    xo k-j

  6. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for recalling scenes of eternal trust and friendship.
    What a blessing to have had them both teaching us the essence of being.


  7. Liebe Mervi!

    Wie schöne Zeiten haben wir erlebt.
    Irgendwie finde ich alles dies unglaublich. Wir lebten im “fairytail!.

    So schön



  8. Liebe Mervi, liebe Gina,

    vielen Dank für die schönen Erinnerungsfotos unseres Dreamteams.
    Das war eine wunderschöne Zeit, die leider nie mehr wiederkommen wird.
    Aber in unseren Herzen leben die Erinnerungen weiter.

    Liebe knutige Grüße

  9. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for these beautiful memories of a wonderful friendship! Knut is always with us in spirit.

    Another Susan has expressed beautifully my thoughts on Knut and what he meant and still means to us and the world.

    Hugs, Sarsam

  10. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for the walk down memory lane.
    Thanks to Knuti and his wonderful “father” and thank for the time we had “together”.

    For the time being I often think of hr. Opitz, because I am watching NDR showing Panda, Gorilla and Co from 2010. Hr. Opitz is there with the apes, and Knut and Giovanna are in Knuts old enclosure. It hurts to see, but I never saw them together in the real life.

    Hugs Inge

  11. Liebe Mervi,

    wunderschön, diese Fotos aus alten Zeiten!!!!

    Vielen Dank und freundliche Grüße, Annemarie

  12. Dear Mervi,

    Who can forget?!! You do justice for our bruised memories.



  13. dear Mervi
    we will always remember our Dream team – Thomas and Knut for ever with us
    thank you so much for these lovely photos, ein Märchen , das Wirklichkeit war

  14. Liebe Mervi!

    Danke für die wunderschönen Erinnerungen. Ich glaube, keiner der die beiden einmal gesehen, wird es je vergessen. Es ist traurig, daß wir die zwei so früh verloren haben, aber ich werde diesen einen Besuch immer im Herzen tragen.

    Liebe Grüße,