20 Mar '11, 1am

Berlin's beloved polar bear Knut, an international star who graced magazine covers has died

Berlin's beloved polar bear Knut, an international star who graced magazine covers has died

The celebrity bear died suddenly in his compound at the Berlin Zoo on Saturday afternoon. -- PHOTO: AFP BERLIN - BERLIN'S beloved polar bear Knut, an international star who as a cuddly, fluffy cub graced magazine covers, movies and merchandise, died on Saturday. His death at the young age of four took zookeepers and animal experts by surprise. The celebrity bear died suddenly in his compound at the Berlin Zoo on Saturday afternoon, bear keeper Heiner Kloes told The Associated Press. He waded into the water in his enclosure before having a short spasm and then dying in front of hundreds of zoo visitors. While the life expectancy of polar bear in the wild is between 15 and 20 years, animals in captivity can live even longer because they are not exposed to hunger, thirst or infections. A postmortem will be conducted on Monday to try to pinpoint the cause of death, Mr Kloes sa...

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