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Published:March 20th, 2011 12:07 EST

Knut The Polar Bear Dead: People All Over The World In Mourning

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Knut the polar bear died suddenly yesterday in his compound at Berlin Zoo.

The four-year-old, who became world famous after being rejected by his ­mother and hand-raised by his ­keeper, collapsed in a pool as horrified visitors looked on.


Zookeeper Heiner Kloes said: `He was by himself in his compound, he was in the water, then he was dead. He was not sick - we don`t know why he died.`

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Tragedy is an integral part of the human condition, we can`t turn on the TV or read a newspaper without reading about man-made calamities and natural disasters.

Animals comfort us during trying times, their innocence and loving nature is a soothing balm. When I turn on CNN or MSNBC and I watch the horrors unfolding in Japan or the upheaval raging in the Middle East and North Africa, I`m glad that my cat or my one of my dogs is usually nearby.

Knut, the world`s most popular polar bear, died suddenly in his home at the Berlin Zoo. Knut was the most beloved animal in Germany, an entire nation was captivated by the drama of the cub who was rejected by his mother and hand-raised by his zoo keeper.

Thanks to the Internet, Knut had fans everywhere in the world. Millions would log on to the Internet to watch live streaming video of the baby polar bear frolicking.

Even as a giant adult polar bear, Knut was beloved by Germans and people all over the world. Knut helped us to forget about our problems, if only for a few moments.

Rest in peace Knut.

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