Knut the Polar Bear of Germany dies in Berlin zoo at the age of 4

By on Mar 20, 2011 in Animals, Europe Comments

Knut, the popular polar bear of Germany dies at the age of four on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at around 3 p.m. (German time).

Knut the Polar Bear of Germany
Image Credit: Vanity Fair magazine

According to DAPD, a German news website, Knut the Polar Bear was alone when he collapsed and died in front of 600 visitors at Berlin Zoo that afternoon.

“He was by himself in his compound, he was in the water, and then he was dead,” Berlin zoo keeper Heiner Kloes told the report, adding that the famous bear was not sick when he died.

“It’s terrible. He had a special place in all of our hearts. He was the star of Berlin Zoo.” Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit told a Berlin newspaper.

Knut the polar bear, born in captivity on December 5, 2006, was said to be the first polar bear cub to survive at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years, after being rejected by his own mother, Tosca.

In 2007, Knut the polar bear went to instant stardom when controversies came as some personalities reportedly want him dead instead of being hand-raised care by humans, which they claim as ‘inappropriate’.

Later, children protest outside the zoo and wanted Knut to live, until the news went globally, in which the phenomenon dubbed as “Knutmania” made a lot of money through media specials, toys, and even stamps.

Due to his popularity, Knut appeared on the German Vanity Fair magazine cover on March 29, 2007 issue, where his photo was placed on the magazine cover.

The next year, the world-famous bear was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and was used for environmental campaign projects.

This coming Monday, an autopsy will be made to Knut to determine its cause of death.

Below is the video of the 3rd birthday celebration of Knut the Polar Bear back in 2009.

Knut the Polar Bear celebrates his third birthday
Image Credit: NocommentTV/YouTube

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