Lars has gone to Knut

Sep 18th, 2017 | By | Category: The Memory Lane

18.9.2017 – Photos by Gisela H

Today polar bear Lars has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and joined his son Knut.

The veterinarians found a big tumour in Lars’ liver and could only state there was no cure. The zoo had to take the hard decision to release the bear from the pain.

We all learnt to know Lars not only as Knut’s father but also as a very gentle male bear. We remember him living together with Nancy, Tosca and Katjuscha in Berlin, with Wilma in Wuppertal and Rostock and finally with Malik in Aalborg. He left us a wonderful inheritage in Anori, Fiete, Nuka and Quilak.

Thank you Lars for all the joy you brought us. We will miss you deeply!

Goodbye dear Lars! You will always have a warm place in our hearts.

Dumba’s tribute to her beloved Lars

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  1. Dear Lars!

    Good bye old chap.



  2. Dear Lars,

    Thank you for being here – Safe journey home



  3. Dear Mervi
    I was fortunate to spend many days with Lars both
    in Berlin and Aalborg.
    Thank you for this tribute to an old friend.
    I am pleased that I can remember my last photo of Lars
    enjoying Malik’s scent message and resting on his rock like

  4. 🙁

  5. Dear Mervi!
    Again we mourn the loss of a gorgeous and beloved male polar bear.
    Thank you for this emotional and tender tribute for Lars.
    There is nothing more to be said, you chose wonderful photos.
    Yes, we will deeply miss this gentle and smart bear. He was a real female polar bear whisperer…

    Lieber Lars!
    Danke für all die Freude, die Du uns gemacht hast und für Deine wundervollen Kinder!
    Schade, dass Du schon gehen musstest! Du wirst uns sehr fehlen.
    Schlaf schön!


  6. Dear Mervi,

    thanks a lot for the wonderful memory-pictures of a wonderful bear !

    Hugs Inge

  7. Dear Mervi,
    Thank you very much for giving us the news and for these lovely photos of our wonderful Lars.

    Dear Lars,
    You have been a super bear — husband, father and friend. I am so sorry that you had to leave us, but I am glad you no longer feel pain. Goodbye dear one, you will be sorely missed.

    Hugs, Sarsam

  8. Simply don’t want it to be true!

    Bye-Bye beloved polar bear friend. I won’t forget you – your way to lie all relaxed on the rocks of the
    large polar bear enclosure in ZOO BERLIN, nor will I forget your dear and handsome (as you and their mothers!) children.


  9. Dear Lars,

    Thank you for your lovely cubbies;
    especially, Knut.

    Rest in Peace, Papa

    Dear Mervi,
    A lovely tribute. Thank you.

    xo k-j

  10. Dear Lars,
    you were a wonderful polar bear. You will stay in my memories.
    Dear Mervi,
    thank you for the lovely tribute for Lars.

  11. Liebe Lars

    Ich denke, da wo Du nun bist, geht es Dir besser.
    Schlaf gut mein großer schöner und sehr beeindruckender EisbärenMann
    UND sage Yoghi ganz viele Grüße und wie sehr ich ihn vermissen

    Liebe Mervi

    Danke !

  12. Liebe Mervi,

    danke für die liebevolle Hommage an Lars, dem großen sanften Riesen, der wie Yoghi
    eine ganz besondere Eisbärenpersönlichkeit war.
    Wie Ralph in der Knuipe geschrieben hat: In der Wildnis ist das Ende und Sterben eines alten und
    kranken Tieres sehr grausam. Im Zoo kann man unsere Lieblinge von ihrem Leiden erlösen.

    Lars, ruhe sanft, du großer und schöner Eisbär – du bleibst unvergessen!

  13. Liebe Mervi,
    das ist sehr traurig aber jetzt hat er keine Schmerzen mehr!
    Traurige Grüße Moni K

  14. Lieber Lars,
    Du ruhst nun Frieden und ganz ohne Schmerzen!

    Liebe Mervi und liebe Dumba! Eure gefühlvolle Erinnerung tut gut in der Trauer um diesen sanftmütigen Eisbär.
    Ein großes Dankeschön!

  15. Dear Mervi!

    Thank you for your wonderful tribute for Lars and thanks for Dumba for Thema heartwarming collage!
    Lars was a handsome and nice best.
    I will him never forget.


  16. Gerade (14:10 Uhr) schaute ich aus meinem Küchenfenster und sah eine hoch aufgetürmte Wolke vor knallblauem Himmel vorüberziehen, oben weiß und fluffig, unten dunkelgrau mit abgehenden Schauern.
    Glaubt es oder glaubt es nicht: der obere Teil hatte die Form eines großen Eisbären, der sich, auf dem Rücken liegend, an der Wolke “schubbert” wie auf einem Mulchbett und dabei lässig alle Viere von sich streckt.
    Ich dachte sofort an Lars „im Himmel“ und die Tränen, die um ihn geweint werden…

    Liebe Dumba
    Danke für Deine zu Herzen gehende Collage!

    Liebe Grüße

  17. Dear Anke,

    After Knut’s passing I saw many clouds taking the shape of a polar bear. It was a great consolation because I wanted to believe they were messages from Knut telling me he was happy beyond pain and sorrow.

    I think ‘your cloud’ was a message from Lars to you.

    Hugs from Mervi

  18. Dear Mervi!
    Perhaps it was just my imagination… but I really saw a polar bear in that cloud.
    Whether it was a message or not, I felt indeed comforted.
    Thank you for your empathy!


  19. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for this lovely tribute to Lars.

    He was a magnificent polar bear, and I will miss him terribly.

    LG, Christine

  20. Dear Dumba, thanks for your good bye collage to our dear Lars.

    Hugs Inge

  21. dear Mervi,
    thank you for your tribute to Lars and for the collage,
    dear Dumba thank you for the lovely collageand your words
    Lars we will not forget you, you will be for ever a part of our Polar bear world
    these are wonderful pictures by Gisela

  22. Dear Mervi,
    thank you for your touching words and thanks to Gisela for the wonderful pictures.
    Dear Lars: May you Rest in Peace, you gentle and wonderful polar bear.
    Hugs Heidi

  23. Dear Lars, I will never forget you because you have left us with so many memories. When your son Knut was born, the entire world was charmed with the story of this little cub and his foster father. But for me, you have always been the BEAR. Your interaction with Thomas Dörflein was legendary. Whereas Knut was the baby needing his mother/father, the relationship between you and Mr. Dörflein was the one of two mature personalities. You were not only having the good looks, you were also very intelligent (remember the video made by Christina and the way to transport your pumpkin in the box). And you were also very funny (remember the day that you fell asleep on Kati’s back while doing – na ja, at least, trying to do – the big “tralala”). You were also “very cool” (remember a Winter Sunday in Berlin in 2009; there was no water in the moat and the ladies were still in their dens; you were alone on the enclosure but you were invisible; and whatever I tried, I could not find you; all of a sudden, I saw a young helper walking around and searching for you and Mr. Robke calling your name, but no Lars around. Until the moment we all saw you standing close to the wall, almost hidden for everybody and you looking up to us as if you wanted to say: hey folks, what is the trouble, I am here!!! Stay cool). But most of all, you were a gentle white giant. I recall you and the ladies (out of their den and having moods) and according to a lot of people, they were kind of mobbing you. Frankly said, even now, I am still wondering whether it was part of your and the ladies game to entertain us, but I never had the impression that there were hard feelings between you and the ladies. You were able to live with three women having a strong mind of their own. Then you had to move to Wuppertal to share a new life with Jerka and again, all went well until the moment, you both became very ill. Poor Jerka died but the keepers used all their powers and were able to rescue you. Then Wilma came, and again, you had a good relation with this girl and the result was a lovely baby, Anori. When you had to leave Wuppertal, your keepers were sad, but the keepers in Rostock were glad to welcome you. And there again, you enjoyed your life with Wilma, the sand bed and the goodies. And again, you gave us a wonderful gift: Fiete. Unfortunately, due to this little boy, you had to move to Aalborg and there you met Malik. And as usual, again no problem with this woman and again, lovely offspring. And again, the keepers adored your gentle nature.
    Dear Lars, at the age of 26 years, it was noticed that you suffered of dental problems and your keepers wanted to help you to get rid of it. Unfortunately, they then discovered that you also were having severe liver cancer for which there was no cure. And it was at that moment that your keepers (who have always been your friends and who always wished the best for you) had to take the decision they hate the most in their life. To prevent you from suffering, they had to say “farewell”.
    I will never forget you.

  24. Dear Patricia,

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful memories with us!

    Hugs from Mervi

  25. Dear Patricia
    Thank you for sharing your experiences
    of Lars.
    He was very much a gentle bear who loved
    all his ladies.

  26. Thanks dear Patricia !

  27. Liebe Mervi,

    nun ist auch unser Lars völlig überraschend über die Regenbrücke gegangen. Das tut mir so leid.

    Danke für die schöne Erinnerungsseite mit den wunderbaren Fotos von Gisela.
    Auch an Dumba ein Danke für die tolle Collage.

    Lieber Lars, auch Du bleibst unvergessen und wirst immer in unseren Herzen sein.

    Liebe und traurige Grüße