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The Spectacled Bear from Peru

Did you know?

Paddington originally came from Peru and is a rather special bear, not only for his love of marmalade, but by being an endangered breed called the Spectacled Bear. These bears are most closely associated with high altitude Andean cloud forests and the lush Amazon found in Peru.

Spectacled Bears have an instinctive urge to climb trees, rocks and cliff-sides to reach the highest and most nutritious foods such as roots, leaves, shoots, berries and insects. A number of conservation projects have been set-up in Peru to protect the endangered species which include rescue centres and re-introducing the bears into their natural habitats.

Paddington’s homeland is the perfect place for a family adventure, where you can explore mountains and jungles filled with colourful wildlife, such as bears, rare species of bears and pink river dolphins.

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Fun facts about our friend Paddington

Paddington was brought up by his Aunt Lucy but was sent to London when his Aunt went to live in the 'Home for Retired Bears' in Lima.

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Paddington was named after Paddington train station where he was found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown who took him home to live with them at Number 32 Windsor Gardens in London.

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Paddington has two birthdays a year (like the Queen!) on 25th June and 25th December.

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The hat which he is rarely seen without, is an old bush hat handed down to him by his uncle in Peru.

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Michael Bond is the creator of Paddington and his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published on 13th October 1958. He was then working as a television cameraman for the BBC and lived in London, not far from Paddington station!

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Over 30 million books have now been sold and the stories have been translated into more than 40 languages.

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Paddington travelled from Peru with a label around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.' Michael Bond used this tag as it reminded him of seeing images of trainloads of child evacuees leaving London during the war, with labels around their necks.

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‘Paddington Here and Now' was published to mark Paddington's 50th anniversary on 2nd June 2008, and was the first new Paddington novel in thirty years!

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