Your Morning Coo: Baby Polar Bear Is Germany's Fuzziest Celebrity

Little Anori was born in January, opened her eyes in February, took her first steps in March, and has now made her fresh-air debut at Germany's Wuppertal Zoo. Interesting fact: she's the half-sister of Germany's other polar a-lister, Knut, who passed away in March of 2011. Circle of life, etc. » 5/22/12 10:00am 5/22/12 10:00am

Knut The Polar Bear Is No Longer With Us

Star of the Berlin zoo, Knut, rose to fame when he was hand-raised by zoo keepers after his mother rejected him at birth. He died today at the age of 4 while alone in his compound. The cause of his death is not yet clear; a post mortem is slated to be conducted on Monday to try to pinpoint what happened. » 3/19/11 4:20pm 3/19/11 4:20pm

PETA Scientists Claim Knut Is Psychologically Disturbed

Knut the polar bear is "definitely displaying behavioral problems," according to PETA scientists who point to Knut's swaying back and forth, imitating picture-taking tourists, and having "panic attacks." A Berlin Zoo rep say this is "ridiculous." [AFP via Newser] » 6/18/10 12:40pm 6/18/10 12:40pm

All Grown Up

Remember when Knut was a tiny, adorable ball of white fur? Now everyone's favorite cub is a man - or a 300-pound sex machine. "He's going to be our new stud bull," said the Berlin Zoo director. [TheSun] » 3/24/10 9:20am 3/24/10 9:20am

PETA Calls For Knut's Castration

The German chapter of PETA wants to remove Knut's nuts! The animal rights group warns that if Knut is allowed to mate with his live-in cousin Gianna, he could threaten the gene pool and risk "incest depression." [Sydney Morning Herald] » 3/03/10 9:40am 3/03/10 9:40am

Were Dogs Originally Man's Best Meal? • Farmers In India Selling Wives…

• We're so used to thinking of dogs as companions that we often forget the most basic reason people buddy up to animals: Food. A new study suggests wolves were first domesticated in southeastern China for their meat. • » 9/08/09 5:40pm 9/08/09 5:40pm

Knut To Stay In Berlin Zoo • Drunk Badger Disrupts Traffic

• Famous German polar bear Knut will not be leaving his home at the Berlin Zoo, despite claims that the Neumuenster Zoo is the true owner of the furry celebrity. Also: here's an adorable video of Knut swimming. • » 7/08/09 6:00pm 7/08/09 6:00pm

Knut The Polar Bear Falls Victim to Child Star Syndrome

Two years ago the adorable polar bear cub Knut was an international star, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and featured on the cover of Vanity Fair with Leonardo DiCaprio. Today Good Morning America took a look at where the former child star is now, and found that the adult Knut weighs in at 500 lbs, is surly,… » 12/04/08 1:20pm 12/04/08 1:20pm

The Bear Market

You really know times are tough when even the world's cutest polar bear doesn't have any job security. Knut the polar bear literally wallowed in the dirt today after officials from the Berlin Zoo announced that they could no longer afford to keep him. Naturally, Berliners are outraged and 21,000 of the city's dwellers… » 12/03/08 9:40am 12/03/08 9:40am

Knut Zookeeper Found Dead • Cloistered Spanish Nuns Start Cooking Show

• Thomas Doerflein, the German zookeeper who cared for Knut, was found dead » 9/22/08 5:30pm 9/22/08 5:30pm in his Berlin apartment today. He was 44. • Baleka Mbete may become the after the forced resignation of Thabo Mbeki and before the installment of future South African President Jacob Zuma who cannot take over the country just yet because he…

Reader Roundup

Best Comment of the Day, in response to Animal Magnetisms: "OMG, [Knut's] the Britney Spears of the zoo circuit. Exploited and overexposed too young, driven mad by celebrity, his downward spiral documented internationally for a gossip-hungry public." We say: Gimme ROAR. • Worst, in response to Are Humans Built For… » 1/25/08 4:50pm 1/25/08 4:50pm

Poor, beleaguered German polar bear Knut. He was rejected by his mother when he was born, and now zoologists are describing him as a "psychopath." According to the Independent, Knut is "disconcerting" close up because of his "filthy brownish grey colour," and Dr. Peter Arras, who called Knut a nutbag, says "Knut… » 1/25/08 1:45pm 1/25/08 1:45pm

The Germans, not doing much to combat any lingering stereotypes that they have the right to play God with the lives of innocents, have decided to let a still-unknown number of newborn polar bear cubs die, rather than hand-rear them and put the country through "Knutomania" all over again. The cubs were born in… » 1/07/08 12:40pm 1/07/08 12:40pm

Loose Lips

Film producer Ash R. Shah has offered the Berlin Zoo $5 million for the rights to Knut the polar bear's story. But that's not all! Shah allegedly wants Suri Cruise to voice the formerly beleaguered bear. So far, the script consists of gurgling sounds and the words "mama" and "poopy." • Here's some pictures of Lindsay… » 1/02/08 11:45am 1/02/08 11:45am

Reader Roundup

Best Comment of the Day, in response to Girl Power: "Who are they fooling? They just want her to get a man because he'll have to get with her friends too." We say: we thought the Spices made their position on group sex clear back in 1996: It's 2 become 1, y'all. • Worst, in response to The Real Beasts At Zoos Are Not… » 12/27/07 4:45pm 12/27/07 4:45pm

Reader Roundup

Best Comment of the Day, in response to Big Bears, You Are Beautiful: "You hear that, polar bear ladies? Knut's just been bear mitzvahed." Because picturing a polar bear in a yarmulke made my day. • Worst, in response to Teacher Who Had Sex With Student Back In The Clink Because Of "Girl Talk": "she's a HOT female.… » 12/05/07 4:30pm 12/05/07 4:30pm

Knut the polar bear, one-time star of the Berlin Zoo before he went all Effie White and got too fat to be a star, celebrated his first birthday yesterday. Knut now weighs a whopping 240 lbs. Here's what his first year will bring, according to his caretaker: "A spacious enclosure. A female partner. At some point, Knut… » 12/05/07 10:45am 12/05/07 10:45am