Berlin Zoo announced Tuesday that Knut the world-famous polar bear, who was hand-raised in the Zoo after his mother rejected him as a newborn and died at the age of four after an epileptic seizure, will be immortalized in bronze.
The bronze sculpture to be created by the Ukrainian artist Josef Tabachnyk will show Knut as a cub ‘chilling’ on a rock. “Knut — The Dreamer,” has been selected from over 40 competing entries, and will cost € 15,000, funded entirely by donations.
Knut: birth 05.12.2006, death 19.03.2011
Many mini sculptures will find its way to people’s home, of course, as do many fluffy polar bear toys from the zoo shop, already. Therefore, besides a gesture to all around the world whose hearts were stolen by the playful polar bear cub, the sculpture will generate the ever so needed money for the Zoo. This has been one of the accusations during the period Knut was still alive. That such a large carnivore species should never have been raised by human hands and kept alive, because it was a violation of animal protection legislation, and that Knut was only there to raise money.
(Sources: Reuters, 17.01.2012)