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A second goodbye to Knut

Knut's death in 2011 affected almost everyone in Berlin in one way or another. And if you're still looking for closure, your last chance is coming up. The Natural History Museum boxes up his taxidermied fur on Fri, Mar 15.

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Photos courtesy of Naturkundemuseum Berlin

After Knut was rejected by his mother, Berlin took the little cub to its proverbial teat.

Everybody loves an underdog (or polar bear), and Knut soon attained rock-star status.

When he suddenly died two years ago, the nation – and in particular, the Berlin zoo – wept, not least because of the yearly €5 million he brought it.

But our loss is the Natural History Museum’s gain. Knut’s fluffy coat has been buffed and stuffed by a world champion taxidermist, and he’s now on display in their foyer free of charge until March 15… after which he’ll be boxed up again ‘til 2014, so chop chop.

Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstr. 43, Mitte, U-Bhf Naturkundemuseum, Tues-Fri 9:30-18:00, Sat-Sun 10-18:00