Nostalgie – Happy together

May 4th, 2022 | By | Category: The Memory Lane

5.5.2022 by Mervi, Photos by Marion K


There have been many wonderful moments with our Dream Team but these two occasions always come to my mind when I think of Knuti and TD.

Happy reunion after TD’s vacation in August 2007

We had all been worried about how Knuti would manage during TD’s three weeks long vacation. This was the first time they were separated such a long time. Our bear was a brave boy and did just fine.


I remember so well the day when TD came back. The whole Knutian world was waiting for the first pictures of the reunion.



I had tears in my eyes when I watched the photos of the two together. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one shedding tears.


Early morning fun in October 2007

I never had a chance to see Knuti and TD playing together – except a Knuti show in May 2007. Some autumn mornings TD used to come earlier so he could fool around with Knuti before the working day really started.


These happy mornings also had an abrupt ending but as far as I know they continued to play ‘behind the curtains’.


When I look at the photos I can see a man and a bear totally devoted to each other. What a beautiful sight!


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  1. Dear Mervi,

    how gladly I remember those intimate moments of Thomas Dörflein with Knut and how anxious everyone was for the reunion of the two after Thomas’ first vacation.

    Especially the photos and videos in the mulch bed remind us of the abrupt end of the physical closeness, because Mr. B. had ordered it that way. Although Knut was already quite strong then, he would never have wanted or been able to hurt Thomas even accidentally.

    Thank you for your remembrance of both for today’s memorial day!


  2. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for your very personal memories of Knut and Thomas Dörflein.
    I remember so many special moments, funny, sad and touching, that I don’t want to highlight any of them. But the most important thing was always the affection and trust that could be felt between the two of them.
    Even though Knut and Thomas Dörflein are long gone now, these memories remain very much alive. Unforgettable!


  3. Dear Mervi!

    Thank you very much for, this sweet and heartwarming remember Story.
    This was very great times and I will it never forgotten.

    Greetings and hugs


  4. Dear Mervi
    Back in 2007 I was only able to make two visits to Berlin. In May and September.
    I had no mobile phone or camera but it did not matter because so many kind people posted their photos online.
    For an all too brief time Thomas Doerflein and Knut gave us something special.
    But they also brought people together from across the world.

  5. Dear Mervi

    I can still remember those enchanting moments so well.
    And i will never forget these pictures!!


  6. Dear Mervi!
    I remember how happy and worried we were in 2007.
    Thank you for these pictures.

  7. dear Mervi,
    thank you so much for the sweet memories, all was so lovely and touching, a short but a unique time
    in my dreams Thomas and Knuti for ever together and happy
    dear greetings

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