You remember Knut the cute, right? Sadly this Polar Bear will have to celebrate his next birthday (come December) without his famous caretaker, Thomas Doerflein. The selfless German zookeeper that cared for one of the world's most recognizable creatures passed away this week – I've taken the time to honor his life with the bear in this slideshow.
Knut, your (second) favorite polar bear was checked out by a psychic and says it's not all good news - the cuddly white one's quick rise to the top, and all that media attention has left him with a heavy heart! Anna Katinka Witte, a well known German pet psychic who analyzed Knut's photo for a German newspaper last week, says that Knut isn't exactly feeling his best:
"He has a lot on his mind. Right now he's not doing particularly well. Knut somehow knows that he is special, but he's not exactly sure what that means."
Additionally, Witte says that Knut not only has a busy mind but could also be suffering from digestive problems and a bum right leg! Poor Knut! Although a majority of you says you don't believe in pet psychics, I still hope Knut's handlers make sure his tummy and leg are a-okay!
Okay, it's a different way to pick a cutie fave. This time, I'm asking who you think is cuter: Flocke or Knut? To make it fair, I've included pictures of the currently five-month-old Flocke and pictures of Knut when he was just six-months-old. The two top piccys are Flocke, while the bottom two are Knut – tell me can you pick a fave?
If you recall the film featuring this big-eared pachyderm and his animated mouse pal, you'll remember he wasn't too keen about meeting this rodent. Now, I'm not sure where the idea that elephants are scared of mice originated from, but I'd like to take the time to assure you, it's not entirely true!
Think about it. Picture the size of an elephant. Then, picture the size of a mouse. Picture the size of the elephant's lil' eyes checking out that lil' guy. Although pachyderms can smell and hear things that are far away, their eyesight is poor and their eyes teensy in relation to their enormous heads (that can just turn slightly from side to side). Furthermore, there's no scientific evidence that elephants are fearful of many animals in the wild, and it's been shown that the two species coexist peacefully in captivity. Mice can make their homes in the elephants' hay and straw . . . and probably don't even get a second glance way down there from the big ones.
It's official — this 5-week-old polar bear cub has been named Flocke by zookeepers in Nuremberg today. They'd already affectionately dubbed the fuzzy one with that name meaning "flake" and ended up sticking to it. This baby was rescued after mother bear, Vera, appeared to be increasingly aggressive towards the cub, picking her up and dropping her . . . and just days after another new zoo mother bear, Vilma, ate her two babies. Despite Flocke's young age, her international popularity may soon rival Knut, the hand-raised Berlin Zoo "orphan" that turned one back in December. I can't wait to see more pictures and videos of both cubs growing up . . . and wonder if there will one day be a love connection between the two?!
Mommy didn't love him, but the world sure does! Not only has Knut landed himself on the cover of Vanity Fair, but he's the inspiration for Germany's new hit song titled "Knut Ist Gut." That is, "Knut Is Good." Yes, indeed he is! Let me count the ways...or, you can just watch this homemade music video and see his Knutty goodness for yourself!
Stephen Colbert weighs in on the Knut controversy and, unlike the rest of us, he's not fooled by the baby polar bear's current cuteness -if his teddy-bear like face is out of sight, that is!
Meet Knut. Okay, stop drooling already. He's become of a bit of a celebrity these days cuz his deadbeat momma decided she's not down with parenthood. She's abandoned little Knut and has left all the diaper changing to Berlin zookeepers instead. Now, animal rights activists want to put poor Knut to sleep. That's what this little orphan needs--a death sentence! But don't worry, Knut is safe.