Thomas Dörflein, the man known as Knut’s main caretaker, was found dead in his apartment in Berlin. He was 44 years old and the father of three children.
The police don’t believe foul play was involved. The Berlin Zoo said Thomas was still employed with them and he was sick for a long time.
Thomas became a familiar face at the Berlin Zoo when he had to step in as Knut the polar bear’s mommy when Knut’s slut mother turned her skanky back on her son. Knut became an overnight sensation because he was the first polar bear to survive infancy for more than 30 years. Thomas also garnered his own legion of fans because he was seen with Knut almost every day. He also became known as some sort of unlikely sex symbol.
When Knut got older, the zoo decided that it was time for Thomas to say goodbye. They felt it was too dangerous for Thomas to be around Knut now that he was bigger. They had a final farewell last November.
Rest in peace, Thomas Dörflein! I will sing the Knut Song for you this morning. Clip below: