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Teddy Bear Day
Animals
Bear hugs are the best!

When: September 9th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Go shopping for a teddy bear for your significant other, children or yourself.  You could watch the movie Ted, which is based on a a teddy bear but be advised that it is rated R for mature audiences.  If there is a carnival or amusement park nearby, you could try to play one of the popular games that allow contestants the chance to win a giant teddy bear. You could read a book about Winnie the Pooh, which is very family friendly and one of the most popular teddy bear characters of all time.

Numbers

There are approximately 100 different teddy bear shows in the United States each year.

Description

In the early 1900's the U.S. and Germany had stuffed toy bears that started to become popular with children.  The term "teddy" derives from the attribution of the bears to U.S. President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt as he was commonly known as "teddy." Also as the story goes, the President was on a hunting trip and all the other men had made a kill during the hunt and the President had yet to do so, one of the men had hounds chase, corner and tie a black bear to a tree and wait for Roosevelt to come and kill it.  Upon arriving at the scene of the bear, the President was not happy and felt that shooting the bear was not proper sport at all, nevertheless he had the bear killed for humane reasons and to end the bear's suffering.  A cartoon depicting the disgusted President and the bear was created and circulated in the Washington Post newspaper and inspired a man to create a stuffed bear as a toy.  Years later teddy bears continue to thrive in popular culture throughout the world and today there even exist's a billion dollar industry for the toy.

Interesting Facts

  1. The Bare Necessities.."Baloo", from Jungle Book fame is a Sloth bear.
  2. Koalas although looking similar to a bear are actually marsupials.
  3. In the U.S. alone there are over 2,000 teddy bear specialty retail stores.
  4. The worlds largest teddy bear was created in Mexico and measures over 63 feet.
  5. A Louis Vuitton teddy bear once sold for over $185,000 usd at auction.

Information

Observed:
  • September 9th
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