Dog Destroys Elvis’ Teddy Bear at Museum
A guard dog gone beserk his destroyed Elvis Presley’s teddy bear along with hundreds of others.
A guard dog has ripped apart a collection of rare teddy bears, including one once owned by Elvis Presley, during a rampage at a children’s museum. “He just went berserk,” said Daniel Medley, general manager of the Wookey Hole Caves near Wells, England, where hundreds of bears were chewed up Tuesday night by the 6-year-old Doberman pinscher named Barney.
Barney ripped the head off a brown stuffed bear once owned by the young Presley during the attack, leaving fluffy stuffing and bits of bears’ limbs and heads on the museum floor. The bear, named Mabel, was made in 1909 by the German manufacturer Steiff.
The collection, valued at more than $900,000, included a red bear made by Farnell in 1910 and a Bobby Bruin made by Merrythought in 1936.
Among other things, one wonders why the bears weren’t behind some sort of protective enclosure. Hordes of children going through and putting their grubby little hands on the bears is not exactly the best climate for preservation.
UPDATE: The revised YahooNews headline: “Hound dog mauls Elvis’s teddy bear.”