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Lifelike Model of Knut, Celebrity Polar Bear Featured on Cover of Vanity Fair, on Display in Berlin

Posted: Feb. 18th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

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A model of Knut, the wildly popular white polar bear cub that died when it was just four years old, has been built and is on display at Berlin’s Natural History Museum, reports the Daily Mail.

The fame of the cub that appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, was due to its uncanny resemblance of a real-life teddy bear. Taxidermist used the actual fur and claws of Knut to create the lifelike image.      

The museum is keen to stress that Knut has not been stuffed. Rather, a replica of the bear was made, based on Knut's skeleton, in one of his favorite poses, and this was covered with the creature's pelt, in a procedure known as dermoplasty. 

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