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Medical Legacy Of Knut The Polar Bear
2014-01-03 08:03:07

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Keeping wild animals is an important component of the mission of zoos to educate the public and preserve endangered species. When animals die, tracking the potential cause becomes an investigation of pathogens from around the world. This is because zoo animals are not only potentially exposed to pathogens occurring where the zoo is located, but also to those pathogens harbored by other zoo animals. In other words: the diagnostic challenge is...

2011-03-21 06:15:00

Knut, Berlin Zoo's superstar polar bear, has died at the age of four. "Everyone is just in shock here," said Claudia Bienek, a spokeswoman for the Berlin Zoo in the German capital while discussing the death of Knut, a beloved zoo resident. Knut died unexpectedly while in his enclosure. As a cub in 2007, Knut, was rejected by his mother and had been reared by zookeepers. Captive polar bears generally live to be around 35 years of age. Knut was only four years and three months old. He was...

2008-12-02 21:38:02

Knut the polar bear, possibly the most famous Berliner of recent years, is likely to eventually be moved out of the German capital. The bear was born in the Berlin Zoo two years ago this Friday. But officials say keeping Knut as he grows older and larger would involve spending millions of euros on adequate quarters that would also include a mate, The Independent reported. He should go sooner rather than later, Heiner Klos, chief bear keeper, said. Knut must finally find a new home. Knut is...

2008-07-10 12:00:45

World News IN BRIEF *BERLIN A north German zoo is suing its Berlin rival for a share of profits from Knut, the polar bear who is Berlin Zoo's star resident. Neumuenster Zoo owns Knut's father, Lars, and claims it legally owns Knut under a deal with Berlin Zoo. Since his birth in 2006, Knut has received a Hollywood film offer and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair. Last year, he drew 3.2 million visitors to Berlin Zoo, an increase of 27 per cent since 2006. (c) 2008 Independent, The;...

2008-04-09 13:40:00

The German city of Nuremberg and officials at the city's zoo introduced a new polar bear cub, named Flocke, to the public Tuesday.   For months, the 4-month-old cub had only been seen in videos and photographs."Not only Nuremberg, but the whole world has been in Flocke fever," Horst Foerther, the city's deputy mayor, told the Associated Press.  Foerther said the cub has attracted millions of hits on Google.Amid a ceremony filled with fanfare and broadcast live around the...

2007-12-05 08:04:27

BERLIN - Celebrity polar bear Knut -- who won the hearts of millions around the globe as a roly-poly orphan cub -- celebrated his first birthday Wednesday with a cake made from 300 eggs and 20 pounds of marzipan. The Berlin Zoo pulled out all the stops to fete its star attraction, who has gone from a fluffy white powderpuff of a cub to a full-grown polar bear with a cheeky curiosity and a penchant for muddying his coat by rolling in the dirt. His giant birthday cake was made from...

2007-07-05 11:01:57

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin Zoo's star polar bear cub Knut welcomed his millionth visitor Thursday, showing he hasn't lost his drawing power even if he's growing up. Ilja and Vincent Arends, a couple from Rotterdam, Netherlands, were together credited with being the millionth admirers, and given flowers and stuffed Knut bear toys. The zoo, which had 2.3 million visitors last year, says it expects an additional 500,000 this year due to mild weather and the cute bear cub, by now a fixture in German...

2007-03-20 18:45:00

BERLIN -- Berlin Zoo's abandoned polar bear cub Knut looks cute, cuddly and has become a front-page media darling, but an animal rights activist insisted Monday he would have been better off dead than raised by humans. "Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws," animal rights activist Frank Albrecht was quoted as saying by the mass-circulation Bild daily, which has featured regular photo spreads tracking fuzzy Knut's frolicking. "The zoo must...

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