The Straits Times
Published on Oct 24, 2012

Knut the polar bear gets Berlin Zoo memorial


Berlin (AFP) - Berlin Zoo on Wednesday unveiled a bronze memorial to Knut, an uber-cute cuddly polar bear that captured hearts worldwide and devastated fans when he died from a suspected brain seizure last year.

The small sculpture, entitled "Knut The Dreamer", shows the snowy-white bear reclining lazily on rocks in his pen at the zoo.

"Knut will stay in the hearts of many visitors, therefore this memorial will create something for future generations so that the unique nature of this animal celebrity will live on," said the Friends of the Capital Zoos association.

Knut, who died suddenly aged four, shot to fame after being abandoned by his mother and reared by hand by a zookeeper.