Beloved Knut the polar bear goes on display

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A woman touches a monument to polar bear Knut after its unveiling at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Knut, who was born in Dec. 2006 at the zoo, quickly rose to celebrity status as an irresistibly cute, fluffy cub. Knut was rejected by his mother at birth — along with his twin brother, who only survived a couple of days. He attracted attention when his main caregiver, Thomas Doerflein, camped out at the zoo to give the button-eyed cub his bottle every two hours. Knut died March 19, 2011 in front of hundreds of visitors at Berlin zoo, turning around several times and then falling into the water in his enclosure. A necropsy of the four-year-old bear showed he was suffering from encephalitis. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Adorable in life, still attracting admirers in death: Knut the polar bear's hide has been mounted on a polyurethane body and is going on display in a Berlin museum. The Natural History Museum on Feb. 15 unveiled the statue prepared by taxidermists featuring the famous Berlin Zoo bear's fur and claws, with the synthetic body and glass eyes.

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