Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Bears in So. America?
This is a something I drew a few years' back. I loved Paddington Bear when I was a kid & had my own Paddington (it played music) from the age of five til twenty-five. I suspect my mom of donating my beloved bear to charity. *sniff, sniff*
What I never knew or thought to even look up was why Michael Bond picked Peru as the birth place of Paddington. I naively thought that Bond was just being fanciful in his choice of So. American country. Not so, it turns out.
I just read a rather bleak article in the Guardian about the habitat loss of the Peruvian bear, whose numbers, no big surprise, are rapidly dwindling. As it turns out, Paddington really was from 'darkest Peru'. Hopefully, our little bears with spectacled faces continue to live on despite humans' need to expand their territory much to the detriment of local flora and fauna.