Memories of Knut – december 2010

Jan 5th, 2022 | By | Category: The Memory Lane

5.1.2022 – Photos by Gudrun

These lovely photos were taken by Gudrun on the 12th of December 2010. He was only 4 years old so we couldn’t even imagine what would happen after just a couple of months.

A nice Knuti style pose

I loved his curly neck

How we miss this lovely polar bear boy! So many years have passed since he had to leave us but he’s always with us. A warm place in our hearts is always reserved for our Knuti.

Is Knut waiting for Katjuscha …..

Now even Katjuscha has arrived in the Bear Heaven so all our polar bear friends from the happy times are together again.

Dear Knut! You and all the other bear angels will be with us even this year!

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  1. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for lovingly remembering Knut, this special and lovable bear.
    The photos show a young and beautiful polar bear who we all wished a long life and a happy future.
    But with his move to the big enclosure, misfortune took its course.
    The photos, which make me very sad, show him in his “woebegone corner”, from which he didn’t dare leave for months until the three adult female bears were safely locked away in the late afternoon. He looked insecure, fearful and intimidated there, the stark opposite of the fun, charming and playful young bear in his old enclosure.

    “He has to go through it” I will never forget or forgive this heartless statement from the former zoo director, given the circumstances – when this young bear was suddenly confronted by three adult polar bears, with no toys and always in fear – and his far too early death.
    Tragically, Knut died just when things were looking a little relaxed and Tosca and Nancy were starting to play with him.

    I have fond memories of the beautiful and fun times with Knut, but his last months at the big facility broke my heart.
    Nevertheless, I am grateful to have known this wonderful young bear and have to smile when I think back to certain moments.

    Hugs and paw waves
    Anke

    PS: Liebe Gudrun! Danke für Deine ausdrucksvollen Bilder!

  2. \Dear Gudrun and Mervi

    There is little point in discussing the decision to move Knut to the bigger enclosure with the three female bears. Knut’s tragic death a few months later was due to an infection which could not have been predicted.
    Instead let us enjoy these photographs of Knut showing how much he had grown and how much he still had to grow.

    Thank you for the photos

  3. Dear Mervi

    Thank you for the memories.
    However, I feel the same as Anke.

    During the last months of Knut’s life I felt unspeakably sorry for him. I couldn’t and didn’t like to look at the pictures back then.
    Nevertheless, this last period is also part of Knut’s life.
    I don’t ask what could have been done differently.

    Hugs,
    Anita

    Danke Gudrun für die guten und noch immer sehr realen und traurigen Bilder!

  4. Dear Mervi and Gudrun!
    Thank you for the pictures and the lovely story.
    Unfortunately it was not the best time in Knut’ s short life. He die not look well in this time.
    Hugs
    Ludmila

  5. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Gudrun.
    Dear Knuti-We will always love you. We miss you so much.

  6. Liebe Mervi,

    beim Anblick dieser Bilder denke ich dasselbe wie Anke und diese Erinnerungen an Knuts
    letzte Lebensmonate machen mich immer noch zutieftst traurig.

    Knuts Koerpersprache war immer schon sehr ausdrucksstark, weil er von klein auf auf
    den menschlichen Kontakt hatte und auch seine Besucher mehr als Teil seines Lebens
    wahrgenommen und sogar mit ihnen interagiert hat.

    Deshalb sieht man in diesen Bildern auch so eindeutig seine Verunsicherung und Ängstlichkeit
    vor allem vor Katjuscha, die selbst in der Gruppe immer Außenseiterin war und daher Knuts
    Schwäche erbarmungslos ausnutzte. Das muss mein leider so sagen, aber das ist die berühmte
    Hackordnung in der Natur, die im Tierreich genauso funktioniert wie das Mobbing und die Ausgrenzungen im menschlichen Zusammenleben…..

  7. dear Mervi and dear Gudrun,
    these are so wonderful pictures of our Knut
    dear Knut, geliebter Bär, we cannot forget you, the sweet memories are always with us
    dear greetings and big paw waves
    Filomena

  8. ANKE – ich stimme dir voll zu !
    Das Tragische war ja auch, dass
    sich Knut dort unten am Wasser
    wahrscheinlich den Virus eingefan-
    gen hat, der ihn später tötete. Das
    Wasser war extrem schmutzig in
    dem Winter (sonst wurde es ja ab-
    gelassen). Mir bricht es heute noch
    das Herz, wenn ich an Knut auf diesem
    Platz unten am Wasser denke – klar hat er
    sich später mit seiner Mutter angefreundet,
    aber die Bedingungen waren alles andere als
    ideal. Man soll ja über Tote nichts Böses sagen,
    aber Dr,B. war in diesem Job völlig inkompetent,
    im übrigen auch, was die Personal-Führung an-
    ging. 🙄 Nun können wir es leider nicht mehr
    ändern und dürfen Knut im Herzen behalten…

  9. Liebe Mervi!

    Danke für die bezaubernden Erinnerungen an Knut. Ich habe ja Knut nur einmal im Zoo gesehen und werde niemals dieses suesse kleine Fellknaeuel vergessen.

    Liebe Grüße,Erika

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