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Polar bear cub rescued at Alaska oil field

Wanted: A zoo for an orphaned polar bear cub that was rescued at an Alaska oil field. Full story

Three Alaskans accused of trafficking in walrus tusks

Three Alaskans have been indicted on charges of trafficking in hundreds of pounds of walrus tusks taken from a remote Eskimo village in exchange for such items as cash, guns and marijuana, prosecutors said on Thursday. Full story

10 places to see before they disappear

Some of the world's most enchanting places might not make it through this century. Here are 10 places you may not have realized are threatened — and how to experience them responsibly. Full story

Russia bans endangered polar bear hunt this year

Russia has banned the hunting of polar bears this year, thanks to a group with close ties to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a longtime defender of large endangered animals. Full story

Berlin Zoo mourns sudden death of young elephant

A young elephant died unexpectedly at the Berlin Zoo on Tuesday, two weeks after celebrity polar bear Knut suddenly passed away in front of shocked onlookers. Full story

Celebrity polar bear Knut drowned, expert says

Germany's celebrity polar bear Knut died from drowning after collapsing due to swelling of his brain and falling into his enclosure's pool, an expert said Friday. Full story

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Polar Bear Knut's Death Tied to Brain Problems

Knut, Berlin's beloved polar bear, dies

Fewer polar bear births tied to less  sea ice

Hybrid polar-grizzly bear a sign of Arctic's future?

The Polar Bear's Last Stand

Polar bears no longer on thin ice?

Mating Mystery: Hybrid Animals Hint at Desperation in Arctic

Polar bear skulls can't take stress of biting

Polar bears get 'critical habitat' off Alaska

Polar bears vs. grizzlies: Study foresees winner

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  Twin polar bear cubs debut in Germany

A pair of polar bear cubs, Gregor and Aleut, romp around their new home at Germany's Nuremberg Zoo. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Tributes pour in for polar bear Knut

The Berlin Zoo has set up a condolence book for the celebrity polar bear, who died over the weekend at age 4. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Knut, Berlin’s beloved polar bear, dies

A string of events – starting with his mother’s rejection at birth – propelled the polar bear to global fame, sparking “Knutmania” in Germany and beyond. CNBC’s Melissa Francis reports.

  March 19: Nightly News Saturday broadcast

US, allies launch military strikes inside Libya; Radiation found in food as Japan rushes to curb crisis; Americans step up to relieve suffering in Japan; Knut, Berlin’s beloved polar bear, dies; As ‘Supermoon’ looms large, many ponder meaning

  Without sea ice, walruses struggle to adapt

NBC’s Lee Cowan visits the Inuit village of Point Lay, Alaska, where thousands of walruses have unusually beached themselves, leaving scientists thinking that global warming may be to blame.

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Polar bear cubs Aleut and Gregor enjoy the outdoors under supervision of mother Vera
Polar bear cubs Aleut and Gregor enjoy the outdoors under supervision of mother Vera

The polar bear cubs Aleut and Gregor enjoy the outdoors under supervision of mother Vera at Nuremberg Zoo on March 24, 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. The two Polar Bear twins are named Gregor and Aleut and were born on December 2, 2010 at the zoo. (Photo by Hans-Martin Issler/Getty Images)

Polar bear Malik swims with her four-month old cub for the first time
Polar bear Malik swims with her four-month old cub for the first time

Polar bear Malik swims with her four-month old cub for the first time in a large outdoor enclosure with a huge pond at the Aalborg zoo on March 19, 2011. It was awaited with anticipation how long it would take for the little polar bear to throw himself into the water for the first time. Malik was fa

Polar bear twins 'Aleut' and 'Gregor' play in the water next to their mother 'Vera' at the animal park in Nuremberg, Germany
Polar bear twins 'Aleut' and 'Gregor' play in the water next to their mother 'Vera' at the animal park in Nuremberg, Germany

Polar bear twins 'Aleut' and 'Gregor' play in the water next to their mother 'Vera' at the animal park in Nuremberg, Germany, April 20. The zoo expects two cubs to attract a large number of visitors on Easter weekend.

Polar bear twins
Polar bear twins

April 20, 2011, Nuremberg, Bavaria;, Germany: Polar bear twins Aleut and Gregor are the newest attraction at the animal park in Nuremberg, Germany. The zoo expects a large number of visitors over the Easter weekend to come and see the cubs.///Polar bear twins Aleut and Gregor play in the water. Cred