Why You’re Seeing Bears In Windows Around Your Suburb

By Ben Tyers
1st Apr 2020


With the current restrictions placed on New Zealanders, and around the world, people are getting creative when it comes to putting a smile on a fellow human's face.

If you've found yourself on a stroll over the past few days to avoid cabin fever, you may have noticed teddy bears looking out of windows, or placed carefully on other installations around a house.

This 'bear hunt' is now happening in suburbs and towns all around the globe, with bears placed to help keep kids (and adults, of course) entertained during this self-isolation period.

The initiative has even been endorsed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"They (kids) might look for teddy bears in windows but as they pass people, keep your distance, don't talk to others, just stay within your bubble," Ardern said. 

"And if you're in Wellington and you're walking in a local neighbourhood, you might see one in my window." Ardern told stuff.

The trend apparently started in London inspired by Michael Rosen's classic children's book We're Going On A Bear Hunt. Check out the facebook group and its very own dedicated website where you can pin and seek bears in your area.

So, keep an eye out for some furry friends on your next walk. Or even better, put one in your window to brighten someone's day.

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