Early results from a necropsy on Knut, the world famous polar bear who passed away over the weekend, reveal that he was suffering from a brain ailment. The Berlin zoo released a statement with preliminary findings of “significant changes to the brain, which could be seen as the reason for the sudden death”.
Knut perished in front of some 600 spectators after displaying visible signs of distress. Amateur video of the incident released today shows him repeatedly moving in circles, until finally collapsing in the enclosure pool. At just four years old, he perished well ahead of his expected 15-20 year lifespan.
More details on the exact cause of death are expected soon.