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Bear necessity; BERLIN.

Berlin zoo's fast-growing polar bear cub, Knut, won't be appearing anymore with the keeper who raised him.

The zoo yesterday said it had ended seven-month-old Knut's twice-daily public appearances with keeper Thomas Doerflein. The playful pair have delighted audiences since Knut - then an irresistibly cute nine-kilo cub - made his first public appearance in late March.

Now nearing 50 kilos, the boisterous bear, who will remain on public view, will have his enclosure all to himself.

"Mr Doerflein's safety counts first of all, of course,"
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Date:Jul 10, 2007
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