Real Berliner Bear


At one time Berlin had two live mascot bears. Unfortunately, one of them died and now Schnute is all alone. I'm pretty sure once she's gone there won't be another - her enclosure is really small and the upkeep is expensive. But I always like saying hello whenever I'm in that part of town. You can read more about Schnute here (only in German).

PS: The Berliner Bear is not in the zoo. This enclosure is in the middle of the city - another reason why it's not really suited for an animal of this size.

19 comments:

  1. Makes him look as if he out on the lam.

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  2. That's a rather sad photograph...poor bear. I would think "they" could cough a few more bucks to get Schnute a companion! Cut the salaries of some of the top politicians. That way the city could engage in two good projects at the same time!

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    1. The enclosure is really small. I think at one time there were even three bears there! Schnute probably is lonely, but the crowding wouldn't be good either.

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  3. I'm always torn when I think about zoos. i hope she is happy.

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  4. I am not a fan of zoos or circuses! Not sure if you heard about it, but there is a place called The Gentle Barn which takes in animals who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, rehabilitates them and takes good care of them, giving them a safe place for the remainder of their lives. They do really good work. I hope this sweet bear is happy.

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  5. I guess it depends on the zoo. Some do better work than others. Poor bear.

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  6. they are lovely ! it's a pity he's now alone ! must be really sad... ciao

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  7. I always start to think about those John Irving novels when I see a bear like this.

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    1. Bears are certainly a recurring theme in his books!

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  8. Poor old Schnute all alone there, hope lots of lovely people like yourself Hal stop for a chat with her..

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  9. How sad that the bear is all alone!

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  10. Oh, poor thing. I'm glad you stop by to say hello.

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  11. oh poor baby...she must miss her friend :(

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  12. Schnute is so'n süsser Name...

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  13. Poor Schnute! Yes -it is a cute name ! He should be moved to the Zoo.

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