Wed, September 24, 2008
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Knut lost his longtime friend

2008-09-24 03:58:22 GMT2008-09-24 11:58:22 (Beijing Time) China Daily

Berlin zoo employee Thomas Doerflein plays with polar bear cub Knut during the bear's first presentation in Berlin zoo, in this March 23, 2007 file picture.[Agencies]

Berlin zoo employee Thomas Doerflein holds polar bear cub Knut in this undated picture, released on January 24, 2007.[Agencies]

Polar bear cub Knut plays with employee Thomas Doerflein at an enclosure in Berlin zoo in this June 4, 2007 file picture. [Agencies]

Polar bear cub Knut plays with employee Thomas Doerflein at an enclosure in Berlin zoo in this June 4, 2007 file picture. [Agencies]

Thomas Doerflein, a good-natured man with a thick black beard, became an improbable sex symbol for his devoted care of Knut and won fame himself for his playful games with Knut before large crowds of adoring fans. Doerflein was reported dead on September 22, 2008, according to German police.

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