I love bears. Since the turn of last century, inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt, thousands of toy bears have been produced so that children can cuddle them, talk to them, take them to tea parties and rely on them for safety and protection night.
They are perfectly suited to this role, being round, cuddly and just a little bit rough. I would have to say that cats are my favourite animal, but they are largely indifferent and affection towards them isn't always reciprocal. In the words of Elvis Presley, 'I don't wanna be a tiger, cause tigers play too rough, I don't wanna be a lion, cause lions ain't the kind you love enough.'
5 Favourite Bears:
Winnie the Pooh - obviously
Paddington Bear - I just loved how he was always 'accidentally' getting into trouble and he had the best hard stare. I'd like to think we would still look after a hapless refuge if we found one at the station with a luggage tag around their neck.
Barnaby the Bear - Originally French and slightly bonkers in translation
Lars the little polar bear - so cute! The eternal dilemma; to travel and seek out new and potentially challenging adventures, or to stay safely at home?
Bear Grylls - don't tell me you didn't see that one coming...