June 7, 2010 It’s a new month and a new weekend for our little teddy bear celebration, traditionally held in July. The 22nd annual Teddy Bear Days celebration is now scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, 2010. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will again be home to wild bears, and stuffed bears alike during Teddy Bear Days.  Children under 12 who are accompanied by a teddy bear or other stuffed animal receive Zoo admission for just $3. (Of course, Zoo members are always free.) Special activities are planned both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a teddy bear clinic with our wonderful Memorial Hospital volunteers in the Lodge at Moose Lake, face painting and special bear behavior shows with Digger and Emmitt at the Zoo’s grizzly bear exhibit each day.

Teddy Bear Days is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Memorial Hospital, My 99.9, Larry H. Miller Toyota, Liberty Toyota, Comfort Dental, The Gazette and Comcast.

Stuffed bears and other stuffed animals that stop in at the special teddy bear clinic in the Lodge at Moose Lake are provided free “checkups” by Memorial Hospital’s pediatric nursing staff. With tender loving care, these volunteers administer stitches, splints and other necessary “medical” procedures to needy stuffed animals. Each bear’s weight, height, temperature and overall condition are officially recorded and all bears receive a signed “Certificate of Beary Good Health.”

As President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt strolls the Clinic telling guest of his mesmerizing tales of nicknaming the “teddy bear,” representatives from the U.S. Forest Service will be on hand to answer questions about the natural habitat of bears and introduce Smokey Bear. Emergency units from American Medical Response and Broadmoor Fire and Rescue will also be on display so curious little ones can explore the trucks and equipment.