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In pictures: Knut's story

Knut as a baby

Knut, the polar bear, was born at Berlin Zoo last December to a mother who immediately rejected him.

Knut and cameras

The bear was at the centre of a media storm, after an animal rights activist was quoted criticising the zoo's decision to bring Knut up among humans.

Knut and keeper, Thomas Doerflein

In March, Knut began appearing in public with his keeper, Thomas Doerflein.

Knut rests on keeper's shoulder

The pair's playful antics delighted zoo visitors. Knut and his keeper rapidly became household names.

Polar bear toys in store

Businesses were quick to capitalise on the baby polar bear's popularity and Berlin Zoo made Knut's name a trademark.

Knut looks down on keeper

As the cuddly baby bear slowly acquired the bulk of a polar predator, the zoo said it would have to limit the time it spent with his keeper.

Knut covering eyes

Having called time on his daily romps with Mr Doerflein, Berlin Zoo wants Knut to start spending more time with fellow bears.


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