So first off, who is Flocke the polar bear, my site’s namesake? Well she’s an adorable polar bear that I followed quite a while back in my younger days. Who am I kidding, it was only a little over half a decade ago. But I was younger. Anyway, Flocke was a huge hit over in Europe, particularly Germany. I came across Flocke for the first time on youtube. Cutest thing I had ever seen.
Zookeepers and public thought there was a possibility she’d get eaten by her mother Vera so they raised her themselves which was very much against policy. Apparently though, another mother polar bear had just eaten both her cubs so there was a huge public outcry about Flocke’s safety when her mother was displaying weird behavior with her. Flocke is German for “flake” or “snowflake”, obviously because of her white fur. Flocke became quite the celebrity and made a ton of money in branding and merchandising. She was so adorable that they actually made a board game after her. I kid you not. I for one, enjoyed see all her firsts and all the cute stuff baby polar bears do as reported by the constant media attention she received. However, soon she was the hot topic among animal conservationists and some legal stuff came into play about damaging effects that the public exposure would give her.