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Mar 21, 2007

Let's check in on Knut the polar bear

What better way to check out Knut the polar bear than the DALLAS THEME SONG and fabulous imagery?

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Kelly E., I agree, great editing.

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Knut, the little polar bear cub, was abandoned by his mother and is being hand-raised by his handler at a German zoo. One self-proclaimed animal activist advocates euthanizing Knut instead of allowing him to be raised by humans because its not ... [Read More]


Oh dear LORD is that cute or WHAT?? Just look at the leetle bebeh yawning while getting brushed. Or the leetle tummeh while getting fed. I WANTS ONE!!! NOW!!!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 02:35 AM

Knut is so anerable. I love his little pink tongue.

BTW, expect nuffs to howl. An animal activist is criticizing the zoo for hand-raising him instead of letting "Nature take its course" and allowing Knut to die.

My opinion: As polar bears are beginning to face extinction, it's better to allow him to live in hopes of him contributing to his species' population.

You don't see nuffs howling about people hand-raising leopard cubs, do you?

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 02:42 AM

I love his instinctive tongue-action while he's getting brushed! My kittehs do that.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 02:45 AM

Look at his paws when he's getting fed, to cute!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 02:49 AM

Cute bear, over extended video, crap soundtrack.

The Honourable Gladys Anstruther
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 02:52 AM

OMG! I want a baby polar bear!!! no fair!!

he's the cutest, sweetest little thing I've EVAR seen!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 03:09 AM

I am a huge animal rights activist and i do not understand how they can say that beautiful creature is better off dead then in the loving arms of someone.

Amazing how beautiful they are.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 03:30 AM

absolutely amazing video, what a gorgeous creature. love the tongue when he's getting brushed, and the paws when he's eating. thank you so much for this.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 03:34 AM

He's a cute little tyke. It's the perfect age to be able to play with a bear. A year from now you wouldn't want to get too close to it.

As far as that activist goes, why is he/she still alive? Don't they realize that every breath they take is another breath of oxygen that another precious animal could be breathing?

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 03:46 AM

*cough* Global warming
*cough* An Inconvenient Truth

This adorable little fellow could be a perfect spokesbear for the whole species.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 04:04 AM

OMG! the tongue! the cute little tongue action! and now, i am dead. coroner's report: cute overload.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 04:05 AM


 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 04:27 AM

Oh My God.... I cant decide whats cuter - the fact that they called him 'Knut' or the ultra cool soundtrack.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 04:39 AM

The tongue action during the brushing was my favorite too.

Btw, the activist story is all over the news. Here's the most recent article: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21422322-401,00.html

So sad!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 04:39 AM

I want Mr Dorflein's job AND I'LL WORK FOR FREE!

Alice Shortcake
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 04:44 AM

Can I have one for my very own? LOL

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 04:46 AM

No wai! I wanna polar bear!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 05:06 AM

Knut made the Colbert Report! Not in a good way, the man has a thing about bears.

I like the "This box is boring. Can I go play??" on teh scale. And teh yawns. And the everything!

I want to pet him- see how that fur feels!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 05:45 AM

*contented sigh of love*

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 05:49 AM

Boo hiss to those so-called animal rights activists. Doesn't an animal have a right to live regardless of circumstance? We'd certainly never say, "oh, this child has been abandoned and is in an orphanage, he'd be better off dead so let's kill him"!!

I want to cuddle heem!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 05:53 AM

the tongue! the paw pads! the ears!!!eeeEEEEEeep!!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 05:54 AM

Yeah, that's utter rubbish, the notion that it's a violation of animal rights to hand-raise him. Whatever! That keeper has literally lived right there at the zoo since the little guy was born. He's so dedicated, it gives me the warm-fuzzies just thinking about it.

As for the video, I think it'd have been perfect with JUST the "Bare Necessities" song. The video clips from the first couple of songs could have replaced the stills at the very end. Good idea, though. Cuteness!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:12 AM

I'd take him in a minute and work for free. I think it's wonderful that his caretaker is there for him. It just made me sick when I read that he should die because his mother did. What a darling face he has. The clip on here is amazing. I love that he likes getting brushed. Knut is my wall paper on the computer. Cutest ever!

Cheryl :)
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:33 AM

Why not shoot all the animals in the zoo, they're all fed by humans... I can't imagine how distorted their minds work to say something like that. "It's an animals right to be left by it's mother to die".
BTW, I like them big polarbears as much as the small one. Big paws, lose and soft fur. To bad they are so predatory :P

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:42 AM

Are you people trying to kill me?

A bare-'tocked barely-a-bear on a bearskin rug, with "Bare Necessities" in the background?

Farewell, all. I am finished. But what a way to go.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:43 AM

Holy God!!!! This may actually be THE cutest thing I've EVER seen.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:55 AM

OMG You have kilt me.

Kilt. There's a thought. Knut in a kilt. No, that would be exploitive. And he's perfect the way he is. He's beyond perfect. He's BLINDING.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:57 AM

Knut even made The Colbert Report last night. Colbert has a running joke about Bears being the #1 threat to America, that they are Godless killing machines. But he kept breaking down during the segment and doing baby talk and saying Knut is so cute. It was great.

Would an "animal rights activist" suggest killing a baby tiger raised in captivity? I don't think so. Polar bears are one of the biggest victims of global warming, we should keep all of them we can, at least until they rise up as the Godless killing machines that they are.

I saw a show on Discovery where a Polar Bear pulled one of those smaller whales (Beluga?) out of the ocean and ate it. Crazy.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:57 AM

Don't forget he's a mighty cute addition to the gene pool (all 'nuffs outa da pool please)!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:57 AM

Great. Now I have that song stuck in my head.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 06:58 AM

What is unnatural is seeing something that small and helpless and deciding it would be better off dead.

B Moe
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:00 AM

Waah! My posting got lost!

Anyways, this has kilt me. I am dead. I could only be revived by a snorgle from Knut. He is *blinding.*

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:00 AM

No one is going to kill Knut. So this one random self-proclaimed "expert" with no influence whatsoever randomly mentions that he's better of dead, and suddenly it's all over the news and everyone panics. No one was ever seriously considering killing that guy. Honest. Don't read German tabloids.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:02 AM

I know it goes without saying but...,

That baby polar bear is cute.


 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:05 AM

If I was the foster parent of that baybee poli bear there's no way I would ever be putting him back in his lil sleeping box - he would stay wif me all the time and swipe at me lovingly wif the big pawsies!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:06 AM

I can't say the activists calling for Knut's death are necessarily "correct," but they make a valid point: how is it fair to the animal or its mother that it is kept alive merely for our own selfishness -- because we think it's "cute?" Polar bears may be slowly dying off because of man's recklessness, but we will ultimately suffer the same consequences -- in the meantime, I agree that it's wrong to exploit wild animals for our own benefit.

A previous commenter asked whether you would treat a human baby the same way? I think that's misleading... more to form to ask, if a human baby were abandoned, would you rather that it be left to die, or raised by polar bears? Would you still think it was "cute" when it savagely devoured a doe-eyed harp seal?

Just trying to add something to the CuteDialectic, is all.

Uncommon American
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:08 AM

Uncommon American -- interesting points, but completely irrelevant. These are zoo bears we're talking about. Therefore, by definition, they have human stewards. The bears' lives are in their hands; it's the way zoos work.

If you're attempting to argue whether or not zoos have a place in the world, well, good luck & bon voyage, 'cause *I'm* not going there.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:19 AM

I was brought up by rats and I am ,squeek squeek ok. Washes whiskers with back of hand eep.

The Honourable Gladys Anstruther
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:19 AM

tie-tie toungue-yawn? check
bulgy din-din tum-tum? check
twitchy din-din paw-flapping action? check
checking out own digital weight measurement? check
squabbling rellies? check
lifetime of celebrity? oooooh yeahhhhhh

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:22 AM

I don't think the zoo every had any intention of destroying this bebeh-- all blown out of proportion by the press.
But I don't think the argument has merit. Zoos and domenstication are facts of our lives. So we are responsible for those animals. If some zoos are bad places, the argument doesn't follow that all zoos should be as bad as the bad ones. The argument should be that bad zoos need to improve. There is no good argument that a healthy young animal who seems to be thriving without his bear-mom should be destroyed.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:25 AM

For our own benefit, yes, UA. That's why crappy little zoos with crappy little exhibits that are nothing like the animals' natural habitat are...crap.

But especially in cases where the animal is endangered in the wild, I think it is necessary to preserve as many of the animals as necessary, yes, even in zoos. For the (unlikely) day that we figure out how to make sure the animals don't go extinct.

(I'm not sure what a baby raised by polar bears and devouring a harp seal has to do with anything, though...)

Knut is adorable, and for the record, Herr Dorflein ain't bad himself.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:29 AM

I say we use Knut to start a race of domesticated polar bears. They'd be like big fuzzy bean-bag chairs. Yay!

Uncommon American
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:32 AM

Herr Dorflein - it's a mitzvah! Knut is everything everyone else has said, prosh and anerable and darling and On Behalf of the World - THANK YOU! Knut WILL be able to fit in when he's bigger. We got two bebeh Pol-i-ar bears some years ago and I got to rub 'em (through the bars). When he's established, Knut will gain 5 lbs a day and become a Just Fine Big Bear. Believe me, he's not going to be "tame", and the tummy rubs will have to stop. But for now - Danke, Herr Dorflein; merci, innernet; Hooray for Knut!!

Dale-Harriet in WI
 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:43 AM

So adorable! He's obviously not too keen on weighing or dental exams though :P.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:45 AM

Oh, his PAWS! Yes, I saw the claws...but the pawing while eating slayed me.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:54 AM

Oh the pawsitude! Oh the squirmy-ness as he's glugging his milk!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:56 AM

All animals are putty in the hand when a brush is applied...at least while small.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 07:58 AM

knut takes my breath away.

deep breath. i'm an animal rights activist, and i do agree there are times euthanasia is the most compassionate thing we can offer an animal. but knut? he was abandoned by his mother likely due to the stress of living in an unnatural environment. so it's the humans-who-put-him-there's responsibility to pick up the slack. i have no doubts he'll grow up to want to eat Canadian children. just like his wild cousins :) Phew.

goes back to not breathing at awe of cuteness, and with jealousy of those able to snorgle someone who would normally eat me.

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 08:18 AM

Seriously... where do I sign up to be a Baby Polar Bear Groomer??

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 08:19 AM

Probably the most appealing baby I have EVER seen.
I hope we humans can get our act together so these magnificent animals can prosper.
Beautiful video!

 |  Mar 21, 2007 at 08:25 AM

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