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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Polar bear Knut dies

A beloved international celebrity has died.

Knut, a rescued polar bear who has lived in the Berlin Zoo, collapsed suddenly in his pen on Saturday, The Associated Press reports.

Knut's story made him a favorite in the hearts of many Germans. He was born in captivity and the first polar bear cub to survive past infancy in the zoo in many years. Knut was rejected by his mother at birth, and his caretaker, a man named Thomas Dörflein, spent hours in the polar bear enclosure so he could feed him every two hours. Videos of Dörflein and Knut cuddling and playing became very popular worldwide.

Knut was very young, only 4 years old, when he died; according to AP, polar bears can live up to 30 years in captivity.

You can learn all about Knut at his website.

--Danielle Capriato

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