Germany is looking for a Superstar is the German version of American Idol. It has a huge following here, and we're gearing up for a new season.
Obviously, the enthusiasm to become a world-wide icon has spread all the way to the animal kingdom. Our first animal superstar, without a doubt, was the cuddly Knut. Born in December of 2006, Knut's mother rejected him. The Berlin Zoo quickly decided that Thomas Doerflein, a zookeeper, would raise Knut, instead of letting nature take its course. With this controversial decision, Knut was thrust into the international spotlight. But who could chose otherwise with such a cuddly little guy?
He became a beacon for environmental and animal rights activists throughout the world.
Although every German knows exactly who Knut is, he has definately pulled away from the spotlight. He went from a teddy bear like baby to a frolicking teen to an overweight young-adult who is mostly brown from playing so much in the dirt.
Obviously, we are in need of a cuddly new Superstar! Last week, the news was filled with contenders. Unfortunately, one polar bear mom in a German zoo actually ate her two babies! And then came the news about Vera, the new mom who couldn't seem to properly care for her little baby. For a few days, we all witnessed the horrible videos played over and over. A delighted Vera brought her baby "Flocke" out to show the world, and then dropped her. After picking up the little baby, she dropped her again, and again, and again. The poor baby just fell to the ground like a little rag doll. Each time, mom tried again, and each time, it was more and more obvious that Vera was an unfit mother. The zoo decided to take the little baby away from the mom, for her safety.
The new baby is now catapulting through the media, and it appears, is on her way to becoming the next German Polar Bear Superstar! Fortunately, Nuremberg, the zoo that is home to our new baby, is much closer to us than Berlin. Maybe we'll get to visit the new little one before she looks like Knut!