Knut the bear back on view after toothache

17th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 April 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A polar bear cub that has become Berlin Zoo's top attraction was back in the limelight on Tuesday, a day after his public appearance was cut short because of illness. Visitors were able to glimpse four-month-old Knut playing outdoors in his enclosure after his recovery from what zoo officials said was a bout of toothache. Zoo officials said Knut is apparently cutting his first canine tooth and felt unwell on Monday, prompting his keepers to take him back to his cage after just

17 April 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A polar bear cub that has become Berlin Zoo's top attraction was back in the limelight on Tuesday, a day after his public appearance was cut short because of illness.

Visitors were able to glimpse four-month-old Knut playing outdoors in his enclosure after his recovery from what zoo officials said was a bout of toothache.

Zoo officials said Knut is apparently cutting his first canine tooth and felt unwell on Monday, prompting his keepers to take him back to his cage after just 20 minutes in public.

It was the first time the cub had been ill since he went on public show March 23, drawing record numbers of visitors to the zoo.

Chief bear-keeper Heiner Kloes said Monday that a veterinarian had prescribed antibiotics and a plenty of rest as a precaution for the white cub.

Knut, dubbed Germany's most famous orphan, was bottle-fed by his keeper, Thomas Doerflein, after his mother Tosca abandoned her twins. The other cub died after four days.

The cub hit the headlines after animal-rights campaigners claimed he should have been allowed to die because he would become too dependent on humans.

DPA

Subject: German news

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