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Knut the Polar Bear Now on His Own

7/9/2007 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Knut the polar bear -- he's shared magazine covers with Leo DiCaprio and is a bona fide global superstar -- but there's one guy who's totally over the furry bear: Knut's longtime keeper, Thomas Doerflein. Gummi and Greasy might be looking for friends!
Knut the Polar Bear
Doerflin has been with Knut since he was a wee 20 lb. pup, but says he can no longer handle roughhousing with the now 110-pound polar prince. That's not beary nice! Knut's all grown up, and that's just fine with Doerflein, who says he's "burnt out" from all the attention. From now on, Knut will be living on his own.

Still, the extra 100 or so pounds Knut's put on hasn't made him any less popular with Berlin's audiences. "The bear is still an attraction," Kerstin Jacobs, zoo operator, told TMZ. "He is famous! They still have a connection with him."

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YEEEEEEEEHAW!!!!    

The only white thing I like.

2634 days ago
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TimeForPosting    

Look at that cute, adorable face.












Knut's, that is.

2634 days ago
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R.Zimmerman    

Today Knut, tomorrow the world.

2634 days ago
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mary    

OHHHH, I'll play with Knut. He's so cute

2633 days ago
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Katy    

He still plays with the bear, only he stopped playing with him at the scheduled times in public. It was so that Knut can be more independant and prepare to interact with other bears, and, from what I've read, for the trainer's safety as well.

2633 days ago
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mikel    

i don't know, well he's famous here, but since he's that big... well i don't really think he's cute. it's enoying, all the time on german television 'Knut, the cute polar bear' and so on, come on, my cat is cute, too, but she doesn't appear on tv, right?

2633 days ago
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patrica breen    

I'm sorry??? I don't understand Yeeehaw's comment??? I mean that sincerely. Explain. Thank you.

1284 days ago

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