Knut the Polar Bear May Be Stuffed and Immortalized at Berlin Museum

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Knut made his first public appearance with his keeper at the Berlin Zoo in 2007

Markus Schreiber / File / AP

Even in death, the world’s most famous polar bear can’t escape the spotlight.

On March 23, it emerged that the deceased polar bear could be stuffed and put on display in Berlin’s Natural History Museum. “It is true that our taxidermists are working on his corpse and have removed his fur,” Gesine Steiner, a spokeswoman for the museum, told Bloomberg. “We haven’t yet made a decision on whether we will stuff him and exhibit him. We have to talk to the zoo. We do, of course, have lots of stuffed zoo animals on show here.”

(More on TIME.com: See the top 10 heroic animals.)

Four-year-old Knut — who shot to fame after his mother rejected him, prompting his human keepers to rear him themselves — passed away in his enclosure at the Berlin Zoo on March 19. Three veterinarians began examining the 661-lb. animal on March 22, with a taxidermist present to ensure that Knut’s fur remained intact.

Plans to stuff the bear have left some people in dismay. “To stuff Knut is to abuse the feelings of millions of Knut fans all over the world,” one fan, Horst Krause, wrote in the zoo’s online condolences book. “Knut deserves a worthy burial.” (via New York Post)

See pictures of Knut and other celebrity polar bears.

11 comments
vetoimrefm
vetoimrefm

if the latino people became the majority population in the united states, there is no doubt 100% this country will become another Mexico.Facing the truth and facing the reality. To fundamentally solve this problem,the congress should pass a bill: to illegal immigrants, even their child is born in the united states,US government should not give these children US citizenship.Most of latino women have 5 kids or 6 kids. Each of them need help for food, housing, medical care, child support, even need people help them to take care of their kids. It's ridiculous. kids are theirs, but other people have to pay it. They only pay little tax. THAT WILL NOT REDUCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET, THAT WILL INCREASE THE BUDGET, 100% I AM SURE. The United States will be bankruptcy as many south America countries. These latino women have many kids, because they could apply child support from government social welfare,this is a kind of income to these latino families.Black community also need help, BUT LATINO GRAB BENEFIT FROM BLACK. don’t bring another 100 millions of latino to this country any more,US financial situation can not suffer it.To save the United State, we must find a fundamental way.If congress block illegal immigrants new born children citizenship, the first it could solve the illegal immigrants problem, the second it could reduce the federal budget, the third it could save the united states from being another mexico .

President obama push immigration reform,  Ironically many latino people support this immigration reform . This is their stupidity.  They even have not realized that their women and kids need help, but The budget is limited, the demand is unlimited. If their population become doubled and doubled, where is the money coming from? Only by the little tax they paid?  wake up! mr president,  what do you want to do for this country?  If this immigration reform had been passed, soon these latino people 's relatives will come to this country, more and more illegal immigrants will cross the border.  Believe me! As the first black president in united states, we know you want to help black people, but the american black will not support this immigration reform, LATINO PEOPLE  GRAB BENEFIT  FROM BLACK PEOPLE.  Even you support this reform, the latino community won’t be appreciate of your kindness, they think you want their votes.

Once latino population become majority in the united states, soon latino will have their representative, senator, judge and president, then things become even worse on border, then out of control, soon this country become another Mexico.

To  president Obama :  . Do you remember just a couple months ago the cops found a tunnel underground from a city of Mexico to United States? There are nearly 2000 miles border between United states and Mexico.   You keep high pressure here,  you may reduce the amount of people to cross the border; if you pass this reform,  these people will be doubled within 20 years.  You won’t be able to completely block the border, please don’t insult public IQ!

To American black: two president candidates one white and one black, many white people voted Obama; for example, two candidates one latino and one black, I tell you 100% latino vote latino. Do you really seriously believe your life will be better if you stay in a latino country?  Wake up.

To latino people: you come here, because this country is the united states. If you turn the united states to become mexico, why do you come here? Wake up. I know some of you have small business, because you could hire many undocumented labor with the lowest pay; once these labor become documented, they will not accept such kind of low cash payment,  your these small business will close up immediately. Wake up!

Now days the united states national debts are in astronomic amount,  but I tell you if the immigration reform was passed,  this country’s financial situation will be 10 times worse than today. there is no doubt 100% this country will become another Mexico.  many south America countries are bankruptcy. Do you know a country which is called Argentina?  Many foreign banks have filed lawsuits against Argentina government, because they never pay back their debt! so Argentina president has to rent airplane to go aboard, otherwise if any Argentina government airplanes arrive to a foreign country,  the property of  this government will be detained by foreign courts.  Very very ridiculous!

To every people who see this message, if you don't want united states become another mexico, call your representative today, say NO to this immigration reform!

post this message to your representative's facebook page!  Try your best to stop this immigration reform. Try your best to delay the wrong way of the United States to become another Mexico.

If Obamacare will cause united states financial difficulties,  the immigration reforms will make this country totally bankruptcy.

To some business person:  don’t dream of immigration reforms could bring you some cheap labor, the huge social expense for these people finally will charge from  your income tax and property tax,  for these latino women and their kids, though they are not your women and your kids, you still have to  pay for it. 

Do you know why the Europe has so much financial problem nowadays?  Because of too many Arabian from middle eastern. These Arabian are exactly same as latino and even make more trouble than latino. North European countries have less Arabian, their situation is better, but they will be effected soon.   Germany primary administer has admitted their immigration policy is a failure. United states should get the lesson from it.  Because when you feel it, it’s already too late.

President Obama let too many muslim Arabian come to the united states.  There is a country called Sudan( now it has been divided as north Sudan where most of population are Arabian and south Sudan where most of population are black. just a couple of years ago, it’s called Sudan). In Sudan, 35% of Arabian muslim and 65% of black people, Arabian muslim killed millions of black people in that country, it’s called slaughter.  These Arabian muslim let black people dig out a big pit for themselves, then shot them all, threw their bodies into the pit and buried the bodies. Then let another group of black people dig out a pit for themselves, then shot them all, threw their bodies into the pit and buried the bodies. They have killed millions of black people by this way in Sudan. I want to ask Mr president:  Do you still like these muslim Arabian?

To fundamentally solve illegal immigrants problem, reduce the federal budget and prevent united states to become another mexico,  the only method is ONLY US CITIZEN’S CHILDREN COULD GET US CITIZENSHIP.   United states has 2000 miles border with mexico, there is no way to block them all.  their women’s reproductive capability is super, live on social welfare, each of their kids are US citizens.  United states will become another mexico except ONLY US CITIZEN’S CHILDREN COULD GET US CITIZENSHIP.

THE UNITED STATES HAS TODAY’S OUTSTANDING CIVILIZATION,  IT’S DEPENDING ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY,   NOT DEPENDING ON CHEAP LABOUR. NOW RUSSIA HAS INVADED UKRAIN, THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPON COULD DESTROY THIS WORLD SEVERAL TIMES, DO YOU THINK MEXICAN HAVE CAPABILITY TO FIGHT  RUSSIA PUTIN?

ahandout
ahandout

At least he can continue to entertain the unemployed Liberals who have nothing better to do than watch late night.

Galen
Galen

No wonder o`Reilly had such a fit. Dave was pretty liberal and was not afraid to let it be known, but now it gets younger and even more nuanced and liberal. Great move CBS!

vetramon
vetramon

What a bloody pity!  The system is again working to stop the dissenting voices.  I know mr Colbert wants to keep on rising on his career, but this career is putting a rein to his character just to transform him in an uncolored serviceman for the entertainment industry and to fill his ego and pockets.

   Bill O'reilly was right,  to get rid of the pebble in the shoe, just buy (Colbert) a new shoe with more shining.

 Bye, Colbert, I used to enjoy and respect you, but sadly you are a new casualty delivered to the altar of the conformists.

MatthewPa
MatthewPa

@vetoimrefm Anything that lessens the power of white trash like you, I'm all for.  And this is spoken by a guy who's so white, I'm almost translucent. 

vetramon
vetramon

@ahandout Thank you, thank you so much, mr ahandout, for  being and entrepreneur and Republican. You see, mr ahandout, Mr Bush the Republican, left the presidency with an enormous surplus, no wars and full employment to the people.  Have you read today's news? Unemployment is down due to the policies of the Republican Congress and not to the policies of Obama, no siree, he got a government from Bush totally clean of debts and peaceful, internally and externally. 

Halleluia for the Tea party, the GOP and people like you, SO UNLIBERAL.

MatthewPa
MatthewPa

@vetramon Your're starting to sound like the racist guy at the top.  There's only so long you can do a character like "Colbert, so it had to end sometime.  I'm shocked he lasted as long as it did,

Galen
Galen

@vetramon  


hold on to your self, there is nothing conforming about this move, as neither was Dave. non-conformist if anything. 0`Reilly is fearful the nuts on the right will get even more pushed out of the mainstream public.

vetramon
vetramon

@MatthewPa Please don't be like the three monkeys, the ones that cannot see, cannot hear and cannot speak. Even if you don't want to accept it, there is a big percentage of people that are liberals at heart but who  are scared to show it.

  Have you seen Bill Maher? What about John stewart of the daily show?  Of course everything ends sometimes as life, love, cheer, Frasier, etc. but not for the moment. Long live the liberal thought.