24/10/2012 10:48 BST | Updated 24/10/2012 10:59 BST

Knut The Polar Bear Honoured With Bronze Statue (VIDEO, PICTURES)

Knut the polar bear was loved the world over and left millions devastated when he died of a brain seizure in March 2011.

But now his memory will live on thanks to a bronze statue that has been unveiled at his former home, Berlin Zoo.


Knut captured the world's attention after he was abandoned by his mother

“Knut will stay in the hearts of many visitors, therefore this memorial will create something for future generations so that the unique nature of this animal celebrity will live on,” said the Friends of the Capital Zoos association.

Knut was abandoned by his mother as a cub and hand-reared by a keeper - and his story touched hearts everywhere.

His fame was such that he even appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine and adorned German postage stamps.

After his death mourners openly wept by his enclosure with some even laying his favourite foods, such as fish and croissants, next to it.