Knut, the celebrity polar bear reared by a human zookeeper, recently had his first encounter with the opposite sex. Allaying the fears of Berlin Zoo keepers and Knut fans worldwide, Knut neither faced outright rejection nor tripped all over his paws with his lady friend. The female in question: Gianna, a female polar bear on loan from the Munich Zoo known to be a bit of a diva. As expected considering that Knut is just beginning to interact with other polar bears, Knut was shy but not indifferent to Gianna’s charms. Gianna even possibly signaled some interest, giving Knut what might be reckoned a love smack.
Only time can tell if the two acquaintances will become love birds, or more precisely, love bears. Both Knut and Gianna have yet to come to sexual maturity. And independent of the two young adolescents’ preference for privacy, goodness knows the world will be watching. Stay tuned.