As we all know, here at Jammy Toast, teddy bears can be quite adventurous and have even been known to wander off from time to time. Unfortunately, this has proven catastrophic for one teddy bear who has gone off on his own for a walk and got lost. Although he may not have travelled as far as Paddington did from Peru, he has still ended up a long way from home. The teddy bear was in hospital with his owner when he decided to do a little investigating and unfortunately ended up at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board’s laundry department in Llansamlet, Swansea.
Here at Jammy Toast we are never surprised by anything to do with bears. They are one of the most recognisable and iconic families of animals. The eight living species include the Spectacled Bear, Sun Bear and Sloth Bears alongside the more familiar Polar Bear and Giant Panda. Young bears are born in protective dens as they are very small, blind and deaf. But they are not helpless for long, developing and gaining weight rapidly. And therein lies their secret. Their ability to put on weight so rapidly.
Paddington Bear got in touch with us this morning to reveal to us how his wild friends are doing back in darkest Peru. The bear immortalised by Michael Bond in the much-loved Paddington Bear books is happily living in London these days but his wild cousins are under threat of extinction, campaigners have warned. An animal charity is calling for a clampdown on killers of the endangered Spectacled or Andean bear, after wildlife officials found a severed claw at a Colombian National Park headquarters. It was left next to an anonymous note threatening further bear killings.
Two homeless bears are struggling to find a new home – because they are both alcoholics. A British animal charity is appealing for help in finding a home for the pair who were confiscated from a Russian restaurant. Anna Kogan from the British Big Hearts Foundation said that they were struggling to find somewhere in Europe that was capable of taking the bears. She said; “The problem is that they are alcoholics, and it is even more difficult to wean bears off alcohol than it is with human beings.”
Iwas asked yesterday why we haven’t rescued any new bears for quite some time and, when I checked, I realised that it has been a long time. In fact, the last time we had a new arrival here at Jammy Toast was back in January 2013. There are a few reasons for this but mainly it is as a result of our own success. When we first started saving bears from eBay auctions, for example, we quite often only had to pay 99p for a bear plus a couple of quid for postage. Then suddenly, people began to realise that someone was buying up all the Renault Bears and the prices shot through the roof. You cannot get a Renault Bear on eBay now for less than a tenner and they sell like hot cakes.
Our Bears here at Jammy Toast love nothing more than reading about another Bear. That other Bear is none other than Paddington Bear which is a series of books written by Michael Bond. Each night as our Bears settle down for the night they are always asking to be read a chapter from one of Paddington’s books. We thought it might be interesting to find out how Paddington came about so we decided to do a little investigating…
It’s summer and the time of year when you don’t really turn your mind to the sleepy town of Churchill, Manitoba, on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Canada, which during the winter is polar bear central. Hundreds of polar bears, lean but lethargic – their last full meal eaten in the late spring – pass the hours wandering around aimlessly, mock fighting, or simply lying belly-up catching the dim rays of the Arctic gloaming. They are waiting until the ice freezes over and they can go and hunt seals in the winter. Outnumbering them are the tourists who’ve flown in from around the world to get a unique “up close and personal” view of one of the Arctic’s most iconic species.