BERLIN -- An earless baby bunny that was a rising star on Germany's celebrity animal scene had his 15 minutes of fame brought to an abrupt end when he was stepped on, accidentally, by a television cameraman.

The fate of 17-day-old Til, a bunny with a genetic defect, was plastered across German newspapers yesterday, the same day a small zoo in Saxony was to have presented him to the world at a news conference.

The cameraman told the newspaper Bild he hadn't seen Til, who had buried himself in hay, when he took the fateful step backward Wednesday. -- AP

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