Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 24th, 2020 | By | Category: Lead articles

24.12.2020 by Mervi, Dedicated to the memory of Teddybärenmutti

Needless to say that this has been a very strange year. I’m not going to write the word starting with the letter ‘c’ because all of us have heard it thousands of times. Our Canadian friend Dave dave said it so well: ‘Let’s hope that next year ‘corona’ just means beer and Donald is just a duck’. Ooops! I wrote the ‘c-word’ anyway … well, it’s not so easy to avoid it!

The year 2020 began with very sad news. Our beloved Teddybärenmutti left us. She’s deeply missed but I hope she’s happy in her heaven. I can almost hear her laughing ….

However, despite all the sadness and illness we will try to enjoy the lights and brightness of Christmas. Maybe some of you even have snow!

As usual I have some Christmas cards for you all – some of them are even adressed to special friends.

Anna and Elsa in Bremerhaven send their special greetings to Birgit who’s their greatest fan.


Our American furry friends Aurora and her son Kulu adress this card to Molly and Michelle who have generously shared their photos here.


Gerda is not only a proud mother of Shauna and Nordi. Her daughter Shilka has made her a grandmother and, naturally, Kai to a grandfather.

Thanks to our Russian friends Anna, Arkadi, Oksana and Nina we’ve been able to follow this sweet family for many years now. I hope our co-operation will continue even in the future.


Every polar bear cub is a miracle and three of them is a super miracle! Flocke gave birth to an adorable trio – Indiana, Tala and Yuma. Papa Rasputin has been on a travelling foot – first he moved to Doncaster and now he lives in Tallinn with Friida. Maybe Flocke’s trio will have a half brother or sister next year ….

This family’s special greetings go to MoniK, Renee and Laurence, Dagmar and Frank: Hopefully you can meet us in the Spring!


Tonja and Hertha don’t need any presentation. The life of the two ladies in the Tierpark Berlin is well documented in this magazine. The fluffy girls send their best Christmas greetings to papa Wolodja, Monika aus Berlin and Gudrun.


Sisu has moved to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to join Nobby, Luka and Hamish. He sends his best Christmas greetings to mama Venus in Ranua.  Of course, he also sends his best greetings to big brother Ranzo, the beautiful Nora and their lovely daughter Finja in Vienna.

Sisu is hoping for some snow for Christmas but he’s very glad having nice friends now.

Dear Sheila, next time you visit me, please, say ‘terve’ so I will know who you are! Terve simply means ‘hello’ in Finnish. 🙂


Nora’s and Ranzo’s adorable daughter Finja is one year old now. They posed nicely together for this card. 🙂 Special greetings are going to Evi in Tallinn and Jutta in Vienna. Thank you both for all the great photos!


Aron from Tallinn and Quintana from Munich moved to the Zoo de la Flèche. Hopefully they will have a happy life together in France. Their Christmas greetings go to Friida, Giovanna and, naturally, to Anita and Evi.


Snow Lily celebrated her 36th birthday in November. The sweet lady is amazingly playful and agile considering her age. May her Christmas be as white as her fur!


Katjuscha is another 36 years old polar bear lady and even she’s still going strong. Her special greetings are on the way to Oxford to a gentleman with the name Ralph. What luck the borders are always open for our polar bear friends!


The year 2020 started with sad news but in the end of this ‘extraordinary’ year we received happy news from Orsa. Ewa gave birth to cubbie and the proud father is, of course, Herr Wilbär. The baby is now three weeks old and so far everything’s going well. I’m sure Ewa’s and Wilbär’s friends in Germany and Netherlands are wishing the baby best of luck and lots of health.

We can’t have any photos of the happy family but in our virtual polar bear world everything’s possible so here Ewa and Wilbär are happily dancing and the baby bear is admiring the parents.


Naturally we will always remember our magic bear Knuti!


I want to thank all the photographers and reporters that have kept this magazine going despite the closed zoos and other restrictions.

Monika aus Berlin, Gudrun, Ludmila & Uwe, Patricia Roberts, Ralph Morton, Anita, Sheila Baker, Petra Ballon, ElaNürnberg, Dumba, MoniK, Gisela H, John Gomes, Molly Merrow, Michelle Rippey, Jutta Kirchner,  Hans Muskens, Evi from Tallinn, Mme Giraffe, Renee & Laurence, Anita, Marko Junttila and many others – thank you ever so much for helping me keep this magazine going! I’m sorry if I forgot to mention someone …. but all the contributions are very much appreciated!




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  1. Dear Mervi & all Knuti friends,

    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!
    Words that are said every year but have special
    meaning this year.

    Love to TBM in heaven. I miss her!

    xo k-j

  2. MERRY CHRISTMAS & A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL who love and remember our beloved KNUTI!!!
    Sending hugs to TBM in Heaven!!!
    Thank you, dearest MERVI for all you do!!!
    I may not be here often but my Heart is always here and WILL always be in BEARLIN!!!

  3. Dear Mervi
    You have found the right words and images
    to celebrate Christmas and say goodbye to
    I cannot add anything to them except for a
    heartfelt wish that 2021 will bring us relief.


    Spezielle Grüße gehen natürlich zu
    unserer Chefin in Malmö, ohne die
    dies alles nicht möglich wäre ! 🙂
    mit VESA, NALLE & MIMMI ! 😀

    HÄID JÕULE ..!

    Evi from Tallinn

  6. MERRY CHRISTMAS and it is good to meet some “old” friends again.
    Mervi, you have outdone yourself. And this not only because of all the lovely Xmas cards but most of all since this is helping me to know where who is who in polar bear world. Some of them will have a white Xmas but in our dreams, we all will have one.

  7. I wish all forum members a nice and peaceful Christmas.
    Come well into the new year, for which I wish you in any case good luck and health.

    Dear Mervi
    Thank you again especially that Knutisweekly reports daily news!

    Warm greetings, Anita

  8. Merry Christmas, dear friends!

    Your collages are wonderful.
    I often think on Mirja.

  9. Liebe Mervi,

    danke für die wunderschöne “Christmas-Seite” mit all den kleinen und großen Eisbären. Ganz ehrlich, bei all den vielen Eisbären derzeit, blicke ich manchmal schon kaum mehr durch.

    Jedenfalls sind das wieder wundervolle Collagen von unseren Lieblingen.

    Und das Schlussfoto von Dir und Vesa ist der Hit. Ihr beide sieht echt toll aus, und die Tracht steht Euch wirklich gut.

    Wie Chris schon schieb, der größte Dank gilt eigentlich Dir, liebe Mervi. Denn ohne Dich gäbe es die schönen Seiten hier nicht. DANKE.
    Ich wünsche, Dir und Vesa, sowie allen Lesern und Akteuren von KWM schöne und gesunde Weihnachten. Und ohne diesen Satz geht heute nichts mehr: Bitte bleibt alle gesund.

    Weihnachtliche Grüße aus Bärlin

  10. Liebe Mervi,

    eine wunderbare Seite hast du uns zum Weihnachtsfest kreiert mit so schönen Collagen von unseren geliebten Eisbären!
    Dir sage ich nochmals ganz herzlichen Dank für dein zauberhaftes KWM, in dem so viele Knutfreunde
    auch ihre Fotos mit uns teilen können, was du heute ganz liebevoll gewürdigt hast.

    Euch allen liebe Grüße und ein frohes Weihnachtsfest!

  11. Dear Mervi and Vesa – or should I say Mr. and Mrs Santa -, dear cats!
    Make yourselves comfortable and enjoy your togetherness.

    Please take care and stay healthy!


  12. dear Mervi,
    thank you so much for this sweet lovely Christmas page, all the words and collages are very touching
    Frohe Weihnachten, Buon Natale
    and a happy New Year
    I say also THANK YOU to all our dear friends who make always interesting reports and wonderful pictures from all over the world, a really gift
    many good wishes to all here
    dear greetings

  13. J’ai honte! because I am so late this year.

    Dear Mervi – Your Christmas contribution is a masterpiece that has no equal.
    You really thought of everything and next to everybody and as usual I ask myslf where you took the time and fantasy and energy from. The more as you are still in sorrow because of your little NALLE-boy.
    As I said before somewhere: the Xmas-card, self-created from you and VESA is a ‘Knüller’!
    Again you have created lovely collages in using the images of several of our beloved polar bears and other sweet animals. And your words for sure were once more ‘Balsam auf die Seelen von vielen’!.
    I would like to know some day how many hours/months/years you’ve spent for all this!

    Dear ALL/e – I would like to wish everybody here and elsewhere a very happy holiday season and in general:
    THE BEST of everything!

  14. Liebe Mervi!

    Danke fuer die vielen lieben Eisbaerengruesse! Gerade in diesem schwierigen Jahr waren die Bilder und Berichte, die uns trotz der Einschraenkungen erreichten, wunderbare Lichtblicke. Danke an alle!
    Eine wunderschoene Weihnachtszeit und ein gutes und gesundes neues Jahr an alle unsere felligen Lieblinge, den Pflegern die sich so gut um sie kuemmern und allen bei KWM!

    Alles Liebe, Erika, Peter und Denise

  15. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    A big thank you to all the people who share articles and photos.
    I hope everyone. had a wonderful Christmas.
    We miss you TBM.