Berlin Zoo closes down daily Knut show

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9 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - The Berlin Zoo called a halt over the weekend to the daily antics of polar bear cub Knut with his favourite keeper, Thomas Doerflein, saying the bear was now too dangerous to play with. Bottle-fed after his mother rejected him as a newborn on December 5, Knut has now grown to 50 kilograms. Since March 23, Doerflein has horsed around with the cub twice daily. They have been seen by 1 million paying visitors. Sunday's gambolling was the last. Chief bear keeper Heiner Kloes said th

9 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - The Berlin Zoo called a halt over the weekend to the daily antics of polar bear cub Knut with his favourite keeper, Thomas Doerflein, saying the bear was now too dangerous to play with.

Bottle-fed after his mother rejected him as a newborn on December 5, Knut has now grown to 50 kilograms.

Since March 23, Doerflein has horsed around with the cub twice daily. They have been seen by 1 million paying visitors. Sunday's gambolling was the last.

Chief bear keeper Heiner Kloes said that Knut, now 7 months old, would still be on show solo in a pen, but Doerflein, who has become a national celebrity, would only tend to the bear out of public sight.

DPA

Subject: German news

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