Sweet taste of fame fading for Knut

16th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2007, BERLIN, (AFP) - In a sure sign that his days as a global star are coming to an end, German sweetmaker Haribo said it would halt production of jelly versions of Berlin Zoo's Knut the polar bear this month.

16 August 2007

BERLIN, (AFP) - In a sure sign that his days as a global star are coming to an end, German sweetmaker Haribo said it would halt production of jelly versions of Berlin Zoo's Knut the polar bear this month.


Haribo launched its special line after the little bundle of white fur caused a global sensation when he survived rejection by his mother eight months ago and attracted thousands of visitors to the zoo.

Knut was even snapped by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz for a Vanity Fair front cover, but he now tips the scales at a hefty 60 kilogrammes (132 pounds) -- and has rather lost his cuteness.

The zoo even put him on a diet last week, fearing he was looking rather chubby.

"We will stop production of the Knuddel-Knut'sch (which roughly translates as Knut Cuddle Kisses) line at the end of the month. A donation of about 40,000 euros (55,150 dollars) will be presented in the near future to the Berlin Zoo," Haribo spokesman Marco Alfter told AFP.

Haribo produces the world-renowned Goldbear, a jelly version of a teddy bear.

AFP

Subject: German news

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