Knut the Polar Bear Returns – as a Lifelike Sculpture

The real Knut


updated 02/14/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 02/14/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET

It was said when he fatally drowned at age 4 in 2011 that Knut the polar bear was immortal – and so he is.

A life-sized replica of the Berlin Zoo favorite will make its debut this weekend at the city’s Natural History Museum, reports

“It’s important to point out that we have not stuffed Knut,” museum spokeswoman Gesine Steiner told the U.K.’s Guardian. “Rather, this is a plastic form, true to the original and covered with Knut’s very own fur.”

According to reports, the Knut display will be free from Feb. 16 until March 15, after which the main attraction will inhabit museum archives until next year, as part of an exhibit on animal welfare and climate change.