Thursday, August 03, 2006

Just Can't Bear It

I just wanna eat your teddy bear
By Richard Alleyne
(Filed: 03/08/2006)

Protecting a collection of teddy bears so valuable that insurers insisted on hiring highly-trained guard dogs was never going to be a picnic.
But nobody thought the bears, which include one previously owned by Elvis Presley, could be in danger from the enemy within.
They do now.
After the £500,000 attraction was closed for the night, a Dobermann pinscher called Barney went on the rampage, attacking many of the exhibits and ripping the head off Mabel, the £40,000 toy once owned by Elvis.
The bear, made by the famous German manufacturer Steiff in 1909, was to have taken pride of place as the centrepiece of the Wookey Bear Collection at Wookey Hole Caves, near Wells, in Somerset.
Greg West, 36, a security guard, was on duty on Tuesday night with his sidekick Barney when he saw Mabel and couldn't resist giving her a stroke. Unfortunately it is thought the dog became jealous and attacked Mabel. Having got a taste for stuffing, Barney then went on to maul a number of other toys. Mr West, from Totterdown, Bristol, said: "Barney has been a model guard dog for more than six years. I still can't believe what happened.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger gazza27 said...

The teddy bear said "i'm all shuck up"

8:14 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Yeah, that guard was nothing but a hound-dawg!

1:26 AM  

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