Thanks to people who have wished me a good visit. Yesterday (21 April) I only had time to visit Knut in the morning.
I arrived at his place at 0905 and found him enjoying the morning sun and being photographed by a couple. He was a sandy white and is looking more and more like his father. He still has a very special expression and sniffed the air a lot.
By about 0940 Knut had decided to settle down to a long snooze. The journalists are completely wrong about him needing public applause. A group of children with their teachers were calling "Knut, Knut! to him and he slept on happily.
I went off to see the bears feeding at 1030. Marcus came a bit late and Lars and the ladies were getting impatient. Katyusha seems to be very keen on Lars, but Tosca still places herself behind him.
Today I will spend until lunchtime with Knut and then go to the Tierpark after lunch to see Trolle and Aika.
Knut forever in
I am sitting doing this in a caff at the Friedrichstrasse station near where I used to have to go through East German border control when I was a press officer for a while in the 80s. Nice one.
What a fantastic day! I am back at Dunkin Donuts web caff doing a blog before getting some food. Here are my highlights
0915 Arrived at the Knut res. K looking very good, a sort of light sand colour which seems to suit him (DeNozo in NCIS suggests a friend of mine). He is playing with his old sack and relaxing
1015 Dinner for Four (A German tradition on New Year's eve iso to show on TV "Dinner for One" an English comedy sketch which has never been shown in England for legal reasons which I can't go into): Lars is waiting, with Tosca behind him and Katyusha on a little island. I have learnt that it is
1030 Two zoo ladies arrive and we are treated to the "Dinner for Four". Someone should make this a video (I would, but I hate gadgets (unless the office mends them).
1100-1400 Break for
1415 Wait to see Knut receiving his various snacks. A large crowd has gathered. K is totally cool and relaxed (guess the Press is wrong again with the reports).
1430 Knut is fed and has marvelous range of stuff: bread rolls, carrots, fish, lettuce and of course, meat. He then puts on a great water show.
1500 Depart for
1530 Discover that London Transport must be running the show as the Underground (U Bahn) is out of action and I have to sit on a bus.
1600 Arrive at the Tierpark (
1735 See Dara and her family (Malayan bears)
1830 Aika and Troll are let in for the night. Chat to their keeper off the record, and leave for the West.
Looking forward to more Knut tomorrow (and of course the Gang of 4!)
Wednesday morning (Day 4 in
Back in the Internet caff to begin the day before going to the Zoo to see Knut and the Gang of 4.
Thanks to those who enjoyed the reports (sorry again for not having a camera but I travel light). I have enjoyed seeing Knut in particular and have some thoughts to share with those who are not lucky enough to have seen him for real.
The marvelous photos and TV films do not manage to convey how special Knut is. Only when you see him for an hour or so do you realise how stable and balanced his temperament is. The Berlin Zoo team have produced a top bear and he looks very good at the moment.
Must get off to catch the feeding of the 4 (the same procedure every day, but it never fails to please).
I gather that Dinner for One was made in
Wednesday 23.04 lunchtime
Found another Internet (Sidewalk express) in a new shopping centre in
This morning Knut was in a lazy mood. He camouflaged himself and hid himself in a niche in the rocks of his enclosure to sleep, just as a wild polar would do.
The gang of 4 were also on good form. This time, Tosca tried to beat Lars to the island. When the meat was found,
I must go back now for the afternoon session. But before I do, I should recommend the following animals here:
Zoo: A marvelous ape and monkey house. A super Hippo family.
Tierpark: More elephants than you can imagine. Marvelous tigers and rare wild cats.
Only one more day to go. On Friday I shall be back in my local library looking at this Blog and the latest pics
Unfortunately I do not have my own website. I have relied on this excellent blog and some of the links. I must thank all for the excellent reports.
On Wednesday afternoon I returned at 1415 (Imust stick around between 1100 and 1300 today as Knut seems to be active then too).
Knut was waiting to be fed and prowling his enclosure, oblivious to the large crown in front of him, using his keen sense of smell.
When the keepers arrived, Knut did what Lars always does and stood up proud and tall. However, when he eats, he still has that look he had as a cub, which TD said means he thinks someone is always after his food. These days he is right, as there are always ravens around waiting. He also gives his "klageruf" which is no longer a bleat, but a soft throaty growl.
Afterwards I went to the enclosure to see the Gang of 4. Katyusha and Tosca were diving to find food left over from the morning feed. Lars was flaked out in the sun.
Went back to Knut and sat in the sun watching him snooze.
My last day today. If I survive
Knut is not yesterday (Flocke's Poster quote) he is still the Boss (with apologies to B Springsteen Esq, who would I am sure understand!
Berlin Lunchtime Thursday 24 April
Klein und Weiss war gestern : Small and white is yesterday
An exciting morning at the zoo this morning. Knut was initially described as "restíng", while two workmen had replaced a glass screen that Knut had managed to scratch. By 11 he had reappeared and was performing with his various balls (blue with white spots and orange) for the large crowd, including some nice people who come to this Blog.
Then a sensation. Knut is known of course for loving to roll in the sand. However, as
A fantastic leaving present. I am going back in a monent to see the big fella, but thought you would want to get this one live!
Oh and the ´Gang of 4 did not get off lightly today either. Marcus was on the shift and he stands no nonsense (either from bears or visitors!)and so Lars had to keep diving for his fish, rather than lazily catching them standing up.