Well, this is sad news. Knut, the polar bear, who charmed the whole world as a baby bear, died at the tender age of four years old at the Berlin Zoo today.
via The Guardian:
“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.“
It’s being reported that Knut was not ill. He was alone in his compound and in the water at the time of his death, with approximately 600 zoo visitors witnessing the tragedy.
There will be a post-mortem to determine the cause of Knut’s death.