Knut Will Stay in Berlin

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2009 4:14 PM CDT
Knut sniffs at his birthday presents in the zoo in Berlin last December.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Berlin Zoo’s prized polar bear, Knut, isn’t going anywhere, Der Spiegel reports. Officials there will pay $600,000 to a rival zoo to settle an ownership dispute. Given Knut's bankability as a bona fide world star, it's a bargain. The bear, not yet 3 years old, is estimated to have brought the Berlin zoo $7.4 million since his birth. His image and trademark are worth an estimated $8.3 million.