Knut the Polar Bear Now Knut the Museum Display

Cuddly bear now a polyurethane model

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 15, 2013 11:29 AM CST

(Newser) – 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 today unveiled the statue prepared by taxidermists featuring the famous Berlin Zoo bear's fur and claws, with the synthetic body and glass eyes.

The display runs through March 15. Knut will then be added to the museum's scientific collections. Knut was hand-raised after his mother rejected him. He rose to stardom in 2007 as a cuddly cub, appearing on magazine covers, in a film, and on mountains of merchandise. He died in 2011 after suffering from encephalitis. The museum dismissed criticism of the decision to display Knut, saying it gives everyone an opportunity to see him.

Late polar bear Knut is on display at the   Natural History Museum  in Berlin, today.
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, today.   (Markus Schreiber)
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the  Natural History Museum  in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.   (Markus Schreiber)
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the  Natural History Museum  in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.   (Markus Schreiber)
Late polar bear Knut is on display at  the Natural History Museum  in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.   (Markus Schreiber)
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the  Natural History Museum  in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Late polar bear Knut is on display at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.   (Markus Schreiber)
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