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Girl sends lone Knut memorial entry

The Local · 26 Nov 2011, 09:24

Published: 26 Nov 2011 09:24 GMT+01:00

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Berliners loved Knut, a cub rejected by his mother and brought up by a zookeeper at the German capital's zoo. But they apparently aren't clamoring to come up with an homage to the furry star.

A competition to design a memorial to the bear has drawn a only single entry by a seven-year-old girl, according to the BZ daily. The bear died unexpectedly earlier this year at age four.

Not a single professional artist has sent an idea to the association behind the competition, said Thomas Ziolko, the group’s chief. He’s calling on interested artists to get their ideas to him. The competition’s deadline is Dec. 20.

Competition details are available at the associations’ website: vwww.freunde-hauptstadtzoos.de

If everything goes as planned, the Knut memorial, set to be located next to the bear’s former enclosure, can be seen by the public next spring.

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16:10 November 26, 2011 by storymann
Knut, what a windfall for the Berlin Zoo account. A nice memorial for this world famous bear in memorary of all that money and interest he generated is an absolute must.
16:32 November 26, 2011 by wood artist

While it is valid to observe the financial impact that Knut had, it is equally if not more important to understand that he raised some important issues that we humans need to consider seriously.

In the wild he would have died. That's "nature's way." However, how do we approach that question when we know there are other options, and the species is approaching endangered status, perhaps due to our own impact on the planet? If he did nothing else, he forced people to ask those questions and consider the answers. I don't think we found total agreement, nor perhaps even a consensus, but at least we had the discussion.

In a larger sense we could also consider the whole concept of urban zoos. While they undoubtedly serve an educational benefit, and an opportunity to entertain (hence a financial impact) they also raise awareness of the plight of animals, often caused solely by mankind's choices, and they provide a haven for those we have driven to near extinction through hunting or habitat destruction. In that sense, I think, on balance, Knut, perhaps unwittingly, served a valuable purpose beyond the money issues.

While you may chide the zoo for putting him where he ended up, I feel sorry for future generations if the best we can do is show children pictures and say "This was a *****. They used to exist here on earth until we killed them all off...because we thought their horns had magical properties."

16:59 November 26, 2011 by storymann
wood artist, thank you all you have said is true , I was only making a joke on a boring Sat. afternoon hope this did not cause you to much stress...
21:27 November 26, 2011 by Dizz
I take it they DON'T want to use the child's entry? Great lesson to the kid whose parents, if they follow the news, must have figured out by now that who the lone respondent is.
03:32 November 27, 2011 by stablemate77
that bear is cute....i dont care what news is......knut is adorable
13:41 November 27, 2011 by nightynight
Oh come on they have to award the prize to the lone entrant, that is totally unfair otherwise!

wood artist makes some good points.
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