Zoo crowds wowed by tragic polar bear’s sister who (whisper it) could be even cuter

The half-sister of late celebrity polar bear Knut made her debut in Germany this week - and she may have even more star quality than him.

Anori has the same father but a different mother to the troubled Knut who collapsed and died from a brain tumour aged just four a year ago.

Unlike Knut, she was not abandoned at birth by her mother but appeared in public with her at Wuppertal Zoo.

Anori was born on January 4 to Knut's dad Lars and his new mate Vilma. She ventured forth to the adoration of the camera clicking crowds on Thursday. She frolicked, she tumbled, she made spectators gasp with delight and zoo director Ulrich Schürer said; 'It all went really well.' But he aims to protect Anori from the kind of frenzy that consumed Knut and turned him into a publicity addict who was only happy when he was performing. According to zoo officials, Anori opened her eyes one month after the birth, and took her first steps after two months.


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