Berlin zoo laments death of polar bear cub

(Sven Hoppe, dpa via AP)
(Sven Hoppe, dpa via AP)

Berlin - 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 later.

Zoo director Andreas Knieriem said: "We are devastated. It's incredible how fond we had become of that little polar bear."

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

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