PADDING­TON BEAR: DID YOU KNOW?

First News - - SPECIAL REPORT - Blue Peter.

Here are a few juicy, mar­ma­li­cious facts to sat­isfy those crav­ings!

1. Padding­ton is based on the spec­ta­cled bear, which can be found in Peru. Michael Bond had wanted Padding­ton to have “trav­elled all the way from dark­est Africa”, un­til his agent pointed out that bears didn’t ac­tu­ally live in Africa. Oops! 2. Tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Jeremy Clark­son’s mum Shirley de­signed and cre­ated the very first Padding­ton Bear soft toy in 1972. 3. Padding­ton, like the Queen, has two birth­days. When Mr and Mrs Brown found him 60 years ago, they didn’t know his ex­act date of birth, so they de­cided to cel­e­brate his birth­day twice, on 25 June and 25 De­cem­ber. 4. Padding­ton’s Peru­vian name is Pas­tuso. 5. Be­fore find­ing huge suc­cess with Padding­ton, Michael Bond was a BBC cam­era­man for 19 years, work­ing on shows like

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