Knut’s zookeeper has passed away…

Image3031583g_2According to AP Reports and CBS News, the zookeeper who hand-reared Knut the abandoned polar bear has passed away. No cause of death has been revealed. From the story:

"With his burly build, beard and ponytail, Doerflein was a distinctivefigure at the side of the growing bear. He nursed young Knut in hisarms behind closed doors and wrestled with him after the bear grew oldenough to play.

When Knut made his public debut in March 2007, Doerflein was at hisside. They started a daily performance for the thousands of visitorswho flocked to see the bear at his outdoor enclosure."

Barooooooooooooooooo! [Bear crying sound]

Let’s take a look at Thomas Dorflein’s legacy in one of the BEST Knut vids ever…

Red Panda despondent over current state of the economy

Bummer.

This poor little Red Panda, a resident of the Smithsonian National Zoo, seems to have picked up the economic woes facing the country.

So sad. He needs to have all the love and positive energy of the Cute Overload community channeled his direct-shons!

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Or maybe just a nap.

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Red panda-action courtesy of Rose T. (Top) and Ann (Bottom.)

Update: Meanwhile, over at the Edmonton Zoo, these zany rapscallions are romping around in their economy:

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Beary nice <–groan, Michelle W.

I’m waiting.

I SAID I’m waiting.

What is wrong with you I said GIN MARTINI!

Vodka isn’t even a REAL MARTINI [cracks picnic table with one mighty paw swipe and doesn't leave tip]

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::Smirk:: Thanks, Uncle Wire!

Happy Squirtday!

The birth of a giant panda cub has been caught on camera at Oji Zoo in Kobe, Japan! It’s squirt-licious. (Ew!)

Watch the whole video here…

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Kinda gross, Kobe Oji Zoo! Sender-Inner Grace J. "May Day", thanks for this serious McSquirmersons.

You might cry the tiniest bit at this one

Pull at our heart strings WHY DON’T YOU Buenos Aires ZOO!

Sarah J., I won’t tell anyone [handing over a hanky].

‘Tiddy’ Bear? Sign me UP

This is beyond redonk, People. Alert viewer Matthew McCurtisons found this one. Introducing a product you don’t need with a ridiculous name! Total overload.

I’m ordering two faster than you can say ‘shoulder strap ap ap ap ap ap’

How to have a lazy Sunday in 8 easy steps

STEP 1:  Be a wolverine.
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STEP 2:  Know that you are a badass predator.  Choose to chill.
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STEP 3:  Be a leopard.
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STEP 4:  You are the elitest of the elite.  You are the eyeblink of death.  You are death from above.  You come from Mongol-flocking Siberia.  Let the camera-clutching tourists squeal and flail and gibber.  They are tender and delicious.  You can afford to chill.
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STEP 5:  Be a tiger.
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STEP 6: <snort>
STEP 6a: Leopards.  Afraid of water.  Honestly.  Come, I will show you the Way of Chill.
STEP 6a1: Come closer.
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STEP 7:  Be a bear.  Better be two bears, in fact.  Be TWO RIGGA-DAM’ GRIZZLY BEARS, pilgrim!
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STEP 8:  You know the drill.
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Thanks to the Minnesota Zoo and their new Minnesota Trail and Grizzly Coast exhibits!  They’ve really been working on the place; even the run-through fountains in the play area are back.  Sadly, they didn’t have any grizzly cubs for us to take pictures of, which was too bad because that would’ve been just about THE ULTIMATE Cute Overload post.  They’re working on it, though.

Saturday Tie-tie.

Sure, my earses appear to be awake and alerts, but I’m sleepin’ in ’til AT LEAST elevens. At that point, my Bamboo ‘n’ Eggs better be ready.

Honk-shuuuuu [repeat 'til 11AM]

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Well, it’s a Saturday, so I guess that’s acceptabuhls, Bill H. This one time.

Honey? you got any black hair dye?

‘Cause I’m making a video about a "Panda Dog" [does air quotes] and I need some.

Honey? What—what’s that look for?

Um, Nice try, Brinke G. but no cigarillo.

And one, and two and one, and feel the burn and one

Come on, and one
and two, and one,
and step it out and—

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Don’t panda to me, Avital B.!

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