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What Really Caused Knut's Death

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Knut's final nrcropsy

Nearly two weeks after the sudden death of Knut the polar bear on March 19, the final necropsy results were made public:

Knut, who walked in circles before freezing up and falling into the water in his enclosure at the Berlin Zoo, drowned.

It was reported before that Knut died of brain anomalies.

While drowning was the immediate cause of death, experts who examined his body concluded that the underlying cause was encephalitis, or a swelling of the brain brought on by an infection.

The nature of the infection is unclear, explained the pathologist who led Knut's examination, although it was probably caused by a virus.

According to reports, Knut carried the infection for quite a while, and it was so severe that it likely would have killed the bear eventually.

Why must the lives of child stars be so tragic?

We'll miss our favorite polar bear!

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Knut The Polar Bear's Final Resting Place Will Be A Berlin Museum

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knut the polar bear to be put on display in a berlin museum

At least we know he won't soon be forgotten!

Knut the Polar Bear, who died at the tragically young age of four, will be stuffed and put on display in a Berlin museum.

He'll be placed prominently near the world's largest dinosaur skeleton.

As another tribute to the famous polar bear, Berlin zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz will erect "a statue of Knut as a cub in the zoo."

So nice to hear the memory of Knut will live on!

He will be missed.

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