The Wild Boar from Berlin’s Teufelssee: What ever happened to “Elsa“?

In August 2020 a wild boar and her two cubs gained international fame for a few weeks. “Elsa” the mother pig stole a bag containing a laptop at a prominent nudist beach in Berlin’s Grunewald Forest. A photo taken of an elderly nudist chasing the animals was featured in BBC1, the Guardian2, New York Post3 and El Observador4. After the newly appointed head of the forestry office told newspapers5,6 that the animal would be “removed as a matter of priority” a number of different animal rights activism groups7 and petitions8 formed to… Read More

from vacant lot to ‘Zaubergarten’

During the summer of 2018, student representatives of the Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut zu Berlin (Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences) turned a vacant lot into a magical garden (“Zaubergarten”). I was lucky enough to be there during the first few days to help out and document the progress. When I moved to Berlin in 2017 and joined the Humboldt University (HU) as a masters student, I was introduced to the Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences. Like much of Berlin, the infrastructure of the HU is scarred from WW2 and this is… Read More