Berlin's Polar Bear Knut Gets A Female Friend

11/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BERLIN — 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.