Thomas Dörflein

Film actor

1963 – 2008

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Who was Thomas Dörflein?

Thomas Dörflein was a German zookeeper at the Berlin Zoological Garden for 26 years. After the baby polar bear Knut was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth in 2006, Dörflein—who cared for both the zoo's wolves and the bears—was assigned as the cub's caretaker. As a result of the zoo's controversial decision to raise Knut by hand, and the resultant close relationship between keeper and animal, Dörflein became a reluctant celebrity.

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Born
Oct 13, 1963
Berlin
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Employment
  • Berlin Zoological Garden
Died
Sep 22, 2008
Berlin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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