Announced on Feb 21, 2013 "Knut" will be featured in the National History Museum in Berlin. Who can forget the adorable polar bear that stole our hearts? His story was heartbreaking, his mother "rejected" him and he became a cultural phenomena. It does not hurt that he was adorable and impossible to ignore:
Knut was hand-raised after his mother rejected him. He rose to stardom in 2007 as a cuddly cub, appearing on magazine covers, in a film and on mountains of merchandise. He died in 2011 after suffering from encephalitis.
The Berlin Natural History Museum "unveiled the statue prepared by taxidermists featuring the famous Berlin Zoo bear's fur and claws, with the synthetic body and glass eyes."
This display will feature photos as well and will run through March 15. "Knut will then be added to the museum's scientific collections."
The museum dismissed criticism of the decision to display Knut, saying it gives everyone an opportunity to see him.
This is a great addition to the Berlin National History Museum and will make sure that Knut and his story will touch the lives of future generations.
What are your thoughts on this? Is it a great tribute or disrespectful?