Polar bear legend Knut has a successor: Born in November at the Berlin Zoo, the polar bear cub slept through its first medical exam. Zookeepers were also able to unravel the mystery 'boy or girl'.
Berliners may be gruff, but as Tamsin Walker found out at one of the oldest zoos in the world, the city's affection for its bears, be they polar or panda, is as real as it is historic. And that is not all she discovered.
The four-month-old cub's death has mystified Tierpark zoo officials. Fritz was to make his public debut at the zoo in the German capital in March.
Berlin's Tierpark director has said he hopes Fritz will survive the night after he was found listless in his pen. Veterinarians are still perplexed as to what caused the four-month-old polar bear cub to become so sick.
Panda fever has gripped Berlin. The locals can't get enough of the two new zoo residents, "Sweet Dream" and "Darling." Yet animal-lovers can simply walk through the city to get their kicks, says columnist Gero Schliess.
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