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9 years with Knutitours – It started with a love affair

Jan 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Lead articles

25.1.2017 by Mervi, Translation by/Übersetzung von Bärgit

Yes, it all started with a love affair. I guess I don’t have to tell you more about it …. Nine years is a respectable age for a blog and, naturally, I’m both proud and happy about our long journey together.

Even though our beloved Knut isn’t with us anymore he’s still our guiding star. That’s why this magazine will never change it’s name and that’s why Knutitours will always – as long as it exists – be Knutitours.

Silent Night / Stille Nacht

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Lead articles

24.12.2016 by Ralph (English / Deutsch), Collages by Mervi, Übersetzung von Bärgit
UPDATED WITH A VIDEO von Doro 27.12.2016

In the dens behind the rockface in the Tierpark in East Berlin all was still, except for the gentle breathing of three Polar Bears. The silence was broken by the squeal of new life. This was followed soon after by the squeal of a second baby, no larger than a human hand.

Human ears would not have been able to follow the conversation that followed.

The Power of Knut Love

Dec 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Lead articles

5.12.2016 by Knut’s friends

Dear Knutie pie! This day would have been your 10th birthday. You are no longer with us but your spirit is stronger than ever! You brought people throughout the world together and it’s fantastic that we still are together – thanks to you!

They say ‘great love will never die’ and now we know it really is true!

Fiete’s first Advent in Hungary

Nov 26th, 2016 | By | Category: Lead articles

27.11.2016 by Mervi (English / Deutsch), Übersetzung von Bärgit

Dear friends! It’s me your Fiete! Even though I have moved from Rostock to Nyíregyháza Állatpark in Hungary I haven’t forgotten you. I hope you haven’t forgotten me either ….. I’m doing just fine although I have some difficulties pronouncing the name of the zoo. 🙂 Well, I will learn ….

My new home is in the south so I guess we won’t be having much snow here but a bear can always dream!

Dear Fiete, Always Be a Happy Bear! / Lieber Fiete, bleib für immer ein glücklicher Bär!

Nov 10th, 2016 | By | Category: Lead articles

11.11.2016 by Mervi

When I was wondering how to wish ‘Gute Reise’ to Fiete I decided to call our dear bear angel to help me. I made the usual preparations for the meeting – a cup of cappuccino and a plate with croissants. It worked even this time. Many of you already know the procedure – I fell asleep and suddenly I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder ….. After our little chat I woke up and noticed the croissants were gone and there was a nice paw print in the cappuccino.

Polar bear Vilma has left us permanently

Oct 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Lead articles

Updated 3.11.2016

With a heavy heart I had to change the title of this article. Vilma died today in Aalborg after a short illness. The cause of her death is not known yet. She was found feeling sick and the vets tried to find out what was wrong with her but in the afternoon she died.

Gisela’s last photos of Vilma in Rostock are also the last photos of her in Knuti’s Weekly. We will miss the beautiful bear lady that had to leave us far too soon. What a sad day this is.

Kali & Luna at Buffalo Zoo

Jun 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Lead articles

25.6.2013 by Knuti-Judi – Dedicated to Dumba who’s the birthday child of today


Our drive from CT to Buffalo, NY was a pleasant one. It was a scenic route which went through verdant farmland. Lovely and relaxing. Before we knew it, we were approaching the city of Buffalo.

Giant Pandas – Chengdu Research and Breeding Base

Apr 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Lead articles

15.04.2013 (D/E), by caren
Seit wir wissen, dass zwei Pandabären nun im Zoo Toronto leben, warten wir mit Spannung auf Dave’s ersten Bericht. Zwei Pandabären mit den Namen ER SHUN und DA MAO werden in Canada leben; Toronto wird für die nächsten fünf Jahre ihre Heimat sein, dann ziehen die Beiden nach Calgary. Man hofft sehr, dass dieses Paar züchten wird.

2011- The year I hate to remember, the year I can never forget

Dec 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Lead articles

4.1.2012 by Mervi, Photos by Frühlingsstern, John Gomes, Sören Koch, UPDATED with a German translation by Bärgit
It’s time to summarize the year that’s gone. I don’t think I’m wrong saying that we’re all glad this awful year is over. So much sadness, so much sorrow, so much anger and bitterness….

Our Hope is gone…..

Sep 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Lead articles

28.9.2011 – Source: BBC Nature News
This year continues to bring us sad news: The bear “born on the internet” has been shot and killed by a hunter in Minnesota, US.
Hope was recognised internationally after her birth was filmed and broadcast live via a webcam in 2010. The black bear and her mother Lily were subjects of a study by US biologist Dr Lynn Rogers and featured in the BBC documentary The Bear Family and Me.