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Flocke: International Polar Bear Celebrity
The city of Nuremberg said Wednesday that Flocke will move to the Marineland zoo at Antibes in southern France at the beginning of 2010. It says the enclosure in Nuremberg is needed for future breeding of polar bears.   Flocke, born in December 2007, grew acclaim after he was raised by keepers at the zoo in Nuremberg after her mother rejected her.

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January 8, 2009: Polar bear Flocke  and an unnamed polar bear stand together in their enclosure in Nuremberg zoo.

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January 7, 2009: 'Flocke', the young female polar bear left, seen with a young, nameless male polar bear from Russia. 

Nuremberg's celebrity polar bear cub, Flocke, has a new friend: a Russian bear. The city's zoo says it introduced the male polar bear Wednesday to 1-year-old Flocke, who was raised by zookeepers after her mother rejected her.

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April 8, 2008: Four-month-old polar bear cub Flocke is reflected in the water during her first public outdoor trip in her enclosure at the zoo in Nuremberg, southern Germany.

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April 8, 2008: Four-month-old polar bear cub Flocke is reflected in the water during her first public outdoor trip in her enclosure at the zoo in Nuremberg, southern Germany.

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April 8, 2008: A keeper brings the polar bear "Flocke" to the outdoor enclosure of the polar bears in Nuremberg zoo, southern Germany.

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Jan. 18, 2008: The Nuremberg Zoo's newest polar bear addition Flocke (German for 'snowflake') is already a sensation in Germany.

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Jan. 18, 2008: Flocke gets weighed at the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany.

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Jan. 18, 2008: Flocke does what she does best at the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany.

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Jan. 18, 2008: Nuremberg Mayor Ulrich Maly announces the polar bear cub's official name at a press conference.

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Jan. 17, 2008: Flocke gets a washing in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Jan. 17, 2008: Keeper Horst Maussner holds Flocke at the zoo in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Jan. 17, 2008: Flocke takes a nap in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Jan. 16, 2008: Flocke attempts to stand up for the first time at the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany.

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Jan. 15, 2008: A photo provided by the zoo in Nuremberg shows the still-unnamed polar bear cub in the arm of keeper Petra Fritz at the zoo in Nuremberg, southern Germany, on Tuesday. The little polar opened its eyes for the first time on Tuesday.

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Jan. 15, 2008: A photo provided by the zoo in Nuremberg shows the hands of keeper Petra Fritz holding the still-unnamed polar bear cub at the zoo in Nuremberg, southern Germany, on Tuesday. The little polar opened its eyes for the first time on Tuesday.

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Jan. 13, 2008: The yet-unnamed polar bear cub sleeping next to a stuffed toy animal in its box under an infrared lamp at the zoo in Nuremberg, southern Germany. The polar bear cub, nearly five weeks old and taken from its mother Vera last Tuesday, was feeding well on high-fat milk and weighs 2,460 grams.

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Jan. 13, 2008: Skritchy skritch: Keeper Petra Fritz gives the baby polar bear, nicknamed 'Flocke' or 'Flake' by its handlers, a rubdown at the Nuremberg Zoo.

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Jan. 13, 2008: A wider shot of the baby bear sleeping with a stuffed animal at the Nuremberg Zoo.

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Jan. 13, 2008: Keeper Petra Fritz holding the yet unnamed polar bear cub at the Nuremberg Zoo.

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Jan. 11, 2008: The baby bear sleeps under an infrared lamp to keep warm at the Nuremberg Zoo.

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Jan. 11, 2008: Keeper Petra Fritz carries the five-week-old polar bear as it sleeps on at the Nuremberg Zoo.

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Jan. 11, 2008: Fritz holds the baby bear, who still looks half-asleep, at the Nuremberg Zoo.

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A polar bear baby sleeping on a blanket is an undated photo made available by the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany. The Nuremberg Zoo announced Tuesday that it would begin bottle-feeding the cub that was taken away from its mother over fears she might harm it.

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December 2008: The polar bear cub sleeps on a bed of hay in the Nuremberg Zoo.

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Jan. 9, 2008: Vera the polar bear yawns in her enclosure at Nuremberg Zoo, seemingly unconcerned about her newborn cub, which keepers have taken away for its own safety after another mother bear killed her two newborn cubs.

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Jan. 8: Vera the mama bear with her cub between her legs as the baby leaves the cave for the first time.

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Jan. 5: Vera the polar bear chases a bird away from the food in front of her cave at the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany.

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Flocke: International Polar Bear Celebrity

The city of Nuremberg said Wednesday that Flocke will move to the Marineland zoo at Antibes in southern France at the beginning of 2010. It says the enclosure in Nuremberg is needed for future breeding of polar bears.   Flocke, born in December 2007, grew acclaim after he was raised by keepers at the zoo in Nuremberg after her mother rejected her.

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