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Old 02-17-2013, 01:53 PM
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Polar Bear Sensation Knut Immortalized in Berlin Museum

The sculpture of polar bear Knut is exhibited at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin on on Feb. 15.

Knut, the hand-reared polar bear who captured Germans' hearts before his early death in 2011, returned to his adoring Berlin public on Friday as a life-sized model bearing the animal's real fur.
Knut will stand for a month in the entrance foyer of the city's natural history museum, which has modified its entrance for the anticipated rush of visitors, a museum spokeswoman said.
The museum is keen to stress that Knut has not been stuffed. Rather, a replica of the bear was made, based on Knut's skeleton, in one of his favorite poses, and this was covered with the creature's pelt, in a procedure known as dermoplasty.
The model has expressive eyes and a damp nose, museum director Johannes Vogel said.
"I think people will accept Knut, because this is a very dignified model.. People who knew Knut very well while he was alive recognize their Knut here again."
Knut was the star attraction of Berlin zoo during his four-year life. His mother rejected him as a new-born leaving the fluffy white cub to be reared by a zookeeper. Thousands of visitors queued for hours to watch him frolic in his enclosure, and he inspired a dizzying array of merchandise.
Other German zoos have tried in vain to create celebrity animals. None have ever come close to matching Knut's fame.
The bear died suddenly of an epileptic fit in March 2011.

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:22 AM
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Re: Polar Bear Sensation Knut Immortalized in Berlin Museum

This was such a heartbreaking story from start to finish. Polar Bears in general...I friggin love them. Poor baby.

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Such a sad and fucked up story.

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I was confused by the title, thought this was something else lol

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I remember the video of his death. R.I.P Knut

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