My name is Theodore II and I am one of the very special teddies setting out on an exciting journey from my home town here in Cheltenham in England.

“Going on a Bear Hunt!”

Most of us, young and even very, very old have at one time loved and cherished a Teddy bear, many given away or handed down or sadly lost!

Maybe if we are really lucky, we have had more than one very special “teddy” in our lives. Here is the real story of how the Teddy Bear sprang into all our hearts…. Nearly 100 years ago, ( a very long time in the past!) President Theodore Roosevelt, was “going on a bear hunt.” He loved nature and being in the open and trees as here in the Pittville Park.

Because he was the President of the United States, the people organising the hunt wanted to make sure the hunt was successful. Several days of walking and climbing and riding went by, but no bears were found. Now what? The President’s bear hunt would be a failure, and he would have seemed a fool!

The next day the hunt guide and his hunting dogs finally found a very old rather sad looking bear. The dogs and guide followed the bear for quite a distance until the bear was very, very tired. The dogs attacked and injured the poor old bear. He was tied to a tree and the President was called to come and shoot him! President Roosevelt looked into the eyes of this poor old bear and said “no!” No one would shoot this old bear for sport. That would be very, very unkind. However, the bear was injured and suffering, so President Roosevelt ordered that the bear be put to sleep for ever so he would not be sad and in pain any more.

Some kind and some unkind people heard about the story and it was in all the newspapers. Some extremely clever artists called “cartoonists” heard about the story and drew funny pictures of the President and the Bear Hunt, showing how he refused to shoot the Bear. Then one day quite soon after this time, a toy maker put two small stuffed bears in his shop window in America. He had a brilliant idea, he decided to ask the President if he could name the bears” Teddy bears” and here the name began.

I would like you to look after me. I will need a cuddle and some food and a nice warm bed for the night. Please take me home. I would really feel cherished if you care for me for a couple of days or so. Keep me in a safe, dry and warm place and take some photographs of me.

Please tell others about my time with you by completing this form. Remember to upload some  images of me.

Theodore II

Theodore II

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