Image: Gianna the polar bear
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The two-year-old polar bear Gianna plays in the pool in her enclosure in Munich's zoo Hellabrunn, southern Germany.
updated 9/8/2009 12:30:09 PM ET 2009-09-08T16:30:09

Berlin's favorite polar bear Knut has a new companion: Giovanna, a female polar bear from Munich.

Fans hoping for a romantic relationship will be disappointed — Giovanna was not brought to Berlin to mate with Knut. The Munich zoo is renovating its bear enclosure and the young Giovanna needed a temporary home.

Berlin zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz said he hoped that "Knut will like his friend and that Giovanna will also be interested in Knut."

In a statement Tuesday he noted the two-year-old bears are not yet sexually mature.

Knut was hand-raised after his mother rejected him at birth. He rose to stardom in 2007 as a cute white ball of fluff, but has since grown into a hulking predator.

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