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Knut Needed Hug: Zoo Intruder

Unidentified man scales wall to get closer to polar bear in Berlin
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Dec 22, 2008 1:05 PM CST

(Newser) – A German man says he climbed over a Berlin Zoo barrier today because the polar bear needed a hug, Bloomberg reports. The unidentified man, 37, apparently believed the animal—which drew 3.2 million visitors last year—was lonely. “He wanted to keep Knut company,” police said. Knut, abandoned as a cub, was once offered a movie deal and graced the cover of Vanity Fair.

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The intruder was arrested, charged with disturbing the peace, and released. “It was very dangerous for him, but also dangerous for the animal,” a zoo official said. Neither the bear nor his visitor was injured. (Read more Knut stories.)

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