Human-Sized Teddy Bear Residents Emerge In Paris, Spur Police Investigation
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Nov 2018
Image via Les nounours des gobelins
Imagine hearing that a family of neighbors has just moved in, and then discovering that those neighbors are human-sized bears. That’s exactly what happened to residents of the Gobelins district in Paris, who were in for an im-paw-ssibly cute surprise.
According to Lonely Planet, locals have reported about an “army of teddy bears” that has settled into the Gobelins neighborhood in the 13th arrondissement.
It is believed that more than 50 cuddly residents have moved in. Some engage in mundane, day-to-day activities like going to work and shopping for groceries, while others prefer to gather over a cup of coffee and chat about memories that were the, ahem, stuff of dreams.
The new neighbors have become so popular, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, even tweeted a welcome to them.
Upon investigation, law enforcers successfully tracked the leader of the pack: a well-meaning bookseller by the name of Philippe.
Apparently, Philippe has been recruiting people to plant the teddy bears around the area, and even owns a Facebook page called ‘Les nounours des gobelins’ (the teddy bears of Gobelins) to keep updated on the whereabouts of his fuzzy friends.
“I’ve been working here for 25 years,” he told French newspaper Le Parisien. “There were people I had never spoken to. Now they call me Philippe.”
This could very well be most un-bear-ably adorable stunt of all time. Meet some of Gobelins’ new residents in the photos below.
Engagé dans la brigade d'élite chezPosted by Les nounours des gobelins on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Marty 20 av des Gobelins
On a un très bon appétit.....Posted by Les nounours des gobelins on Monday, October 22, 2018
54 av des Gobelins
Chez Century 21 entretien d'embauche... 44 av des GobelinsPosted by Les nounours des gobelins on Monday, October 29, 2018
Oui je suis en avance à l’Esiea,il vaut mieux ça !Posted by Les nounours des gobelins on Monday, November 5, 2018
Pause miam miam ! FUUMI 45 rue Censier....Posted by Les nounours des gobelins on Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Intero de chimie les hetero-cycles .Posted by Les nounours des gobelins on Tuesday, November 27, 2018
En plein dans mon impasse !
Le cours de danse avec la p'tite sœur . Super !Posted by Les nounours des gobelins on Sunday, November 25, 2018
[via Thrillist, images via Les nounours des gobelins]
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