Knut, the polar bear raised by Berlin zoo keepers, dies in compound

posted 2011-03-21 03:57:11 by tboz

Several hundred visitors saw him fall in enclosure, but cause of death of four-year-old bear is not yet clear

Knut, the polar bear raised by Berlin zoo keepers after being rejected by his mother, has collapsed and died unexpectedly in his compound. According to reports, several hundred visitors to the zoo saw him fall. The three other bears that usually shared his enclosure, including his mother Tosca, were not there.

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

Bear keeper Heiner Kloes said that the cause of death of the four-year-old bear is not clear.