Knut's Dad Wants a Piece of the Action

Rival zoo says it's entitled to share star polar bear's earnings
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2008 2:41 PM CST
A combo of two photos showing, left, the Polar bear Knut, at his first public appearance on March 23, 2007, and right, his first birthday in the Berlin Zoo, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. Knut, Berlin's famous...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Knut, the polar bear superstar of the Berlin Zoo, has all the trappings of celebrity—fame, money, a Hollywood deal, and now, family members looking to cash in. The zoo that owns his dad, Lars, says it deserves some of the millions Knut has raked in, Der Spiegel reports. "We are currently looking into what claims we could have," said a spokesman for Neumunster Zoo.

In fact, Neumunster says the original deal called for it to take Lars' firstborn—that would be Knut—though Berlin Zoo officials dispute that. Neumunster says it has no interest in relocating Knut but will settle for money. Knut has plenty. He's brought in nearly $15 million to the Berlin Zoo since he skyrocketed to fame in 2006. (Read more Knut stories.)