Remember Lotso? He was that pink, cuddly, strawberry-scented teddy bear and just happened to be Daisy’s favourite toy in Toy Story 3. But then when the doll got left behind by his family, he became a heartbroken and bitter bear. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to this little toy.
The submerged teddy bear was found by two divers, Natasha Dickinson and Jackie Hilderling, off Port Hardy, B.C., on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. And because they don’t think anyone would deliberately toss away a stuffy, they are determined to reunite owner and Teddy (that’s what we’re calling it until it is claimed).
It was Dickinson who spotted the bear first, on the ocean floor about 10 metres deep. Only the head and arm were visible. Because of its missing eyes, which some might find a tad creepy, Dickinson described the bear as “sad,” and she imagined a child accidentally dropping it overboard.
The divers routinely come across loads of scrap underwater and Hildering told The Loop she initially shared the photo of the doll to make people aware of the problem of marine debris. Because unlike Teddy, which she and Dickinson couldn’t believe would be tossed into the ocean on purpose, garbage and plastic is so carelessly thrown in.
Aside from posting Teddy’s sad little photo on a website for lost and found teddy bears (yes, there really is such a thing), Hildering is using the hashtag #LostTeddy on social media to find its owner. Hildering also updated her blog, The Marine Detective, and discovered that Teddy isn’t a bear; rather, it’s a Ginger Bell, originally sold by Sears in 2004.
Dickinson also took Teddy, er, Ginger home and washed and dried it. Maybe if she sews in some eyes, someone will claim it. As of press time, Hildering said there’s been no luck so far in finding the owner but if no one is found, perhaps some sweet kid will adopt and love this little stuffy. Or someone (ahem, Pixar) can make a movie about this. Just with a much happier, less evil story than Lotso’s.