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Teddy Bears and Real Life Bears

Updated on July 28, 2011

Cuddly Teddy Bears

Who can resist a soft-fur teddy bear.? So beautiful to touch. We´ve been giving our babies and small children teddy bears for well over a hundred years.

When l was little l can remember pressing the tummy of my teddy bear and it would make a noise that l can´t quite recall. l do remember that it was a cute sound , nothing like the growl of a Big Black bear stepping out of the woods to spoil your picnic (or your whole life if he got close enough to whack you with one of those magnificent paws with its claws out..!)

A dangerous animal that we love to give replicas of to our tiny tots?

Many people believe the story goes back to President Roosevelt His name being Theodore, he was often called Teddy. The story goes that The President and some others were hunting in the woods. Several of the hunters had shot and killed some of these incredible wild animals, and with a rather ugly sense of humour, they chased , clubbed, and tied to a tree a beautiful Big Bear. They thought they were being clever presenting a ready to kill animal for Teddy Roosevelt. WRONG!

He refused to shoot the poor bear as it was, he said it would be  very unsportsmanlike, but he did order that someone kill the bear to put it out of its misery.

The story became a popular cartoon, but since the President was so disgusted with the event, the cartoon bear became smaller and smaller until it was a cute little bear cub.

Morris Michtom was inspired by these cartoons to create a new toy. The Teddy Bear was born.!

At about the same time as this incident, The Steiff firm in Germany had a similar idea, unaware of what had happened in America. The picture  to the right taken from 1954 looks exactly like my teddy bear, which is well fitting since l was 3 yrs old in 1954

Modern day teddy bears, l notice are much softer to the touch. They feel soft and cuddly. Great advances have obviously been made since the first little bears were made roughly between 1903--1906.

My favourite bears are Pandas.Apart from the fact that they have needed help, lest they become extinct,, their numbers were getting dangerously low, but l can´t help loving them for their lifestyle. It really makes me laugh. Since 99% of their diet is bamboo and bamboo has so few nutrients , the Panda has to eat heaps of the stuff every day to keep healthy. Whenever l see a picture of a panda lying back munching bamboo, knowing that when he´s finally eaten enough, he´ll need a long nap, l just cannot help but laugh. What a life. !!!

However much l love pandas, and think they are cute, l´m well aware that they are still BEARS.

A friend of mine went to visit china and had the joy of visiting a sanctuary for these marvellous creatures. The people working there are trying hard to make sure we don´t lose the species altogether.

My friend showed me a photograph of herself .................l am not kidding you, she was covered from head to toe plus special boots. An outfit that made her look as though she was about to board a rocket and Zoom into outer space. All this safely precaution was so that she could get close enough to a Panda to have her picture taken with him A very good reality check, l thought. A good reminder that however cute, pandas can be dangerous. One swipe of those enormous paws could do a lot of damage.(just as the Black bear in the forests.).

Nevertheless l still adore pandas , it´s just a case of remembering that all types of bears are wild animals and therefore unpredictable. Besides l think some of our endangered species have a right to be a bit annoyed with us , humans. We keep stealing more and more of their


That´s it, mate, just one more push...

yes the only safe bears to have around, especially children are teddy bears. Little stuffed cuddly toy, teddy bears. They´ll never hurt you. The teddy bears for cuddling or the teddy bears for collecting. Many people do collect teddy bears and have them from different countries and different eras..

What baby or toddler does not like a cuddly toy?

And the original cuddly toy must surely be the teddy bear.

As adorable now as when they were first created.


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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    hello torrilynn,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. It´s always encouraging to know someone enjoyed my hub.

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    torrilynn 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your hub and the story behind the teddy bear was really interesting. Voted up.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

    When l started on hubpages , l wasn´t sure if l´d reach 10.......

    Just write when you can, because you are good. l loved your hub about Roosevelt because l love history.

    My hub was from a completely different angle, hence the Pandas.

    Take care, l look forward to more of your work.

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    anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

    A delightful hub, Dim. I can see that yours is much more detailed and colorful than my article. I am blown away by all your hubs. I don't know if I will ever get that many. I have the ideas....I don't have the time to devote to it, maybe this winter. Thanks for the input.

    Ann Davis

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    ha ha the panda pic. me too laughing out loud. Arent they beautiful.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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    2uesday 6 years ago

    I still have two teddy bears from my childhood days. One is more yellow than golden in colour and made of mohair fabric ha came from Germany but is not a Steiff. I also have a small pink and white mohair fabric bear, rather faded as she had to be washed many times.

    I really enjoyed this and the panda picture made me laugh out loud. Thank you.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    OOOOH! Thank you. Something about cuddly toys, we girls never grow out of.. Needless to say , l also thought the panda pic was priceless.

    personally l always find myself saying oh l wish l had a camera now. Bet whoever took this was glad he had his camera...!!!!

    l feel honoured to have one of my hubs boolmarked under your favourites, Cheers!!!!

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    Hi Dim,

    Thank you so much for sharing this one. I love this one and must admit to as great love of bears (teddy or real).

    I love soft toys and that's a part of me that hopefully will never grow up Ha !

    The picture of the Panda giving a helping hand is priceless.

    I push all the buttons on this one plus I'm bookmarking into 'My favourite hubs'.

    Take care


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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Glad you began your day ith something you enjoyed.

    Thank you for all your support, by commenting so often.

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    Sunnie Day 6 years ago

    Good Morning Dim,

    I love Panda's mother in law collects them and use to be on a webcam to watch them at San Diego zoo..I have my dad's stuffed Bear when he was a baby..It looks very rough but still sweet the same. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed your hub this morning.