Berlin zoo laments death of polar bear cub Fritz

AP News
Posted: Mar 07, 2017 7:48 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's Tierpark says a polar bear born at the zoo last November has died.

The zoo, in the eastern part of the German capital, says 4-month-old Fritz fell ill at the weekend.

Vets separated him from his mother, Tonja, on Monday to conduct tests, which indicated a liver inflammation.

The zoo says vets were unable to find the precise cause of his illness and Fritz died late Monday.

In a statement Tuesday, zoo director Andreas Knieriem said: "We are devastated. It's incredible how fond we had become of that little polar bear."

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Like Berlin's famous polar bear Knut, who succumbed to illness aged 4 in 2011, Fritz had a twin who died shortly after birth.