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Knut the three-month old baby polar bear plays with his minder zoo keeper Thomas Doerflein under the cheering gaze of the public at the Berlin Zoo March 27, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. Knut was rejected by his mother and animal activists have said Knut should be put down, though zoo officials have vowed to nurse him to maturity with human help. Hundreds of visitors gather at Knut's enclosure every day to watch Knut play.

Knut the three-month old baby polar bear plays with his zoo keeper Thomas Doerflein under the cheering gaze of the public at the Berlin Zoo March 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor thomas dörflein death

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor thomas dörflein death

Thomas Dörflein (13 October 1963 – 22 September 2008) was a German zookeeper at the Berlin Zoological Garden for 26 years. After the polar bear cub Knut was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth in 2006, Dörflein was assigned as the cub's caretaker. As a result of the zoo's controversial decision to raise Knut by hand, and the resultant close relationship between keeper and animal, Dörflein became a reluctant celebrity.    Knut adored him and followed him around like a puppy.

Thomas Dörflein (13 October 1963 – 22 September 2008) was a German zookeeper at the Berlin Zoological Garden for 26 years. After the polar bear cub Knut was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth in 2006, Dörflein was assigned as the cub's caretaker. As a result of the zoo's controversial decision to raise Knut by hand, and the resultant close relationship between keeper and animal, Dörflein became a reluctant celebrity. Knut adored him and followed him around like a puppy.

Knut

In pictures: Knut the polar bear

Josef Tabachnyk shows his design for a sculpture of Knut "The Dreamer.

Josef Tabachnyk shows his design for a sculpture of Knut "The Dreamer." It will be in bronze.