Bear lovers have been in for a treat today as a new polar bear cub was broadcast on television screens worldwide.
Flocke, the German cub whose name translates as 'Snowflake', has been kept under wraps at Nuremberg Zoo. Scroll down for more...
Flock the polar bear cub goes for a dip
The four-month old bear has been hand-reared by zookeepers due to fears that the mother do some harm.
Today, nearly 500 journalists from around the world gathered at the zoo to witness the unveiling of Flocke to the world.
However, an animal welfare group has launched a lawsuit against the German zoo's human-rearing of the polar bear cub, claiming Flocke could 'grow up as much as a psychopath as Knut'. Scroll down for more...
Flock is soaked after going for a swim
Knut is the German polar bear cub based at Berlin Zoo. He became famous with newspapers and magazines worldwide, including Vanity Fair, covering the animal.
Knut was reared by hand after his mother rejected him and now his mental health is repeatedly being called into question.
Recently he killed 10 live carp put into his moat to eat algae, biting their heads off and smothering himself in their blood. Scroll down for more...
The polar bear cub plays with a melon
Juergen Ortmueller of the Whale, Bear and Dolphin Protection Forum in Germany, says baby bear Flocke 'runs the risk of being as disturbed as he is', referring to Knut.
He believes the tragic decline in Knut's mental health awaits Flocke in the future.
Ortmueller's foundation want assurances that Flocke will not simply be a money-making machine like Knut has been in Berlin – he has pulled in £5million in takings from the marketing of Knut souvenirs – and that Flocke will have the company of other bears as soon as possible. Scroll down for more...
Drying off after a dip in the pool, Flock struts around
'This mass marketing of polar bears is unfair and unkind,' he said. 'In Berlin, the consequences are there for all too see.'
Before Flocke's debutante entrance, protestors donned polar bear suits to demonstrate against the “moneymaking escapades” of the zoo. Scroll down for more...
The polar bear cub plays with a blanket
Nuremberg Zoo rejects criticisms of its handling of the polar bear cub, claiming Flocke is 'healthy and sane and will remain so'.
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