Knut the Polar Bear Dies at Age 4
Knut, Berlin’s beloved polar bear, who rose to international fame as a cuddly cub hand-raised by zookeepers has died aged 4.
Bear keeper Heiner Kloes said, “It was a completely normal day. He was with the female bears before, who had just been shut away. Then, Knut strolled around the enclosure, went into the water, had a short spasm and died.”
After being rejected by his mother at birth in December 2006, Knut was raised by a Berlin zookeeper and only recently celebrated his 4th birthday at the zoo.
Feted by a host of celebrities and appearing on a 2007 Vanity Fair cover with Leonardo DiCaprio, Knutmania also spawned a film and plush polar bear toys that became a massive hit with the public.
Knut will be remembered fondly by all his fans.
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