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Knut The Polar Bear On Suicide Watch

by | 24th, September 2008

POLAR Bear Watch: Anorak’s look at polar bears in the news…

KNUT, the German polar bear the Guardian calls an “activist” for global warming, is alive. But his former keeper is not. Thomas Doerflein has died.

THE INDEPENDENT reports: “Love story: Knut mourns his keeper”. Or as the experts put it:

Berlin Zoo yesterday categorically ruled out suggestions that Knut would experience feelings of loss as a result of his keeper’s passing. “It won’t be a problem for him,” said Klaus Lüdcke, a Berlin zoologist, “Knut has been looked after by a whole team – and for him the most important person is the one who brings the food.”

And Doerflein: “He said that he could wish the bear no better first-birthday present than permanent separation.”

Still, the Guardian‘s love story needs a pair of star-crossed lovers, so the talk is of suicide (unfounded) – watch Knut and those pills –  and broken hearts.

THE MIRROR: “Knut keeper Thomas Doerflein is found dead after being banned from his bear cub ‘son'”…

Knut is a polar bear…

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