Knut - the polar bear born at Berlin zoo

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Well, the caretaker (44yo Thomas Dörflein) of Knut has been found dead???

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Neumünster Zoo was the home of Knut's papa and Knut is actually still contracted to the Zoo. They want to move him (maybe to be with a female partner??) but aren't sure where yet. A move is expected in the first half of 2009.

 

Read more Berlin's zoo may lose bear Knut (BBC News) (with a video of Knut when he was first born - so cute!)

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Knut custody battle goes before Berlin court

 

Two German zoos went before a Berlin court on Tuesday in a bitter custody battle over world-famous polar bear Knut and the some 6 million in revenue he has earned since 2007.

 

The Neumünster Zoo let the Berlin Zoo borrow Knut's father Lars in 1999 on the condition that the first-born cub from his union with mother Tosca would belong to Neumünster, and the zoo is now claiming its rights to the lucrative polar bear.

 

He was the first polar bear to be born and mature in the Berlin zoo in more than thirty years, and came into the international spotlight after his mother abandoned him and his brother on a rock in their enclosure. Knut's brother died shortly thereafter, but little Knut survived and was raised by the late zookeeper Thomas Dörflein. The cuddly bear became a worldwide sensation, spawning countless souvenirs, stuffed toys, books and even an animated film.

 

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Most of us will likely think the fair settlement of this dispute is for Neumunster, because of the agreement made with Berlin, should be awarded not only Knut, but his earnings. Still, not be entirely shut out Berlin who has put so much time and love into Knut's life, why not agree that he stay with them until he himself sires a cub, the Berlin Zoo then to have full rights to that first cub. After all, Knute is young and Neumunster might very well be satisfied to have Knute back with the prospect of another baby cub growing up in their zoo.

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Looks like the sick joke and cash cow Knut became is moving forward. I must check my shares in Berlin Zoo. It's amazing what people will do for money.

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