Baffling questions around Bungendore

Katydid 25 May 2009 34

On a day trip out to Bateman’s Bay on Saturday, my fiance and I noticed 2 question-raising sights around Bungadore. I’m hoping the RiotACTers can give us a hand.

    1. What’s up with teddy bears nailed to trees? At first we thought they were similar to the flowers and wreaths that are used to mark accident sites, but there were a lot of them, and always just a teddy bear.

    2. Two wombats had obviously (and sadly) been victims of traffic, but they were lying on the side of the road with what looked like hot pink crosses spray-painted on their sides. (My fiance assures me they weren’t gang insignia, but I’m thinking they might have been victims in something more sinister than road-accidents. No shoes hanging over powerlines nearby, but can we ever be sure?)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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ant ant 10:35 am 26 May 09

MrPC said :

Once the wombats have been checked for joeys, shouldn’t they, oh, I dunno, be buried? Or incinerated? Leaving them to rot on the side of the road only serves as a breeding ground for insects.

The birds and other carnivores mainly eat them, if the local pig farmers don’t come and load them onto the ute first.

Qbn Gal Qbn Gal 10:25 am 26 May 09

GRANNY!!!!!! You cheeky girl!

Granny Granny 9:34 am 26 May 09

Thumper said :

Pooh Bears hole …

*snicker snicker*

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:33 am 26 May 09

niftydog said :

Re; Pooh Corner – back in my day we used our imagination! No tinsel, soft toys, reflectors… nothing. Far more stimulating for young minds IMHO, and totally impossible to sabotage!

+1

It irritates me to no end that someone felt they had to ‘Disneyfy’ it.

Pooh Bears hole is actually part of a WW2 ammunition dump I believe.

I remember being told that too. Here’s some more detail:

From 1942 to 1944, the 14th Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps manned a shelter at a place which is now known as Pooh Bear’s Corner on Clyde Mountain. From this shelter they would trigger demolition charges under the King’s Highway between Braidwood and Bateman’s Bay. This was part of a plan to prevent any possible Japanese invasion party who might land at Bateman’s Bay from advancing on Canberra, the Nation’s Capital. A tunnel was dug under the King’s Highway at this location and explosives placed inside. The entrance to the tunnel has now been sealed by concrete. The conspiracy theorists suggest that there may still be some explosives inside the tunnel.

Thumper Thumper 8:09 am 26 May 09

Pooh Bears hole is actually part of a WW2 ammunition dump I believe.

I-filed I-filed 10:30 pm 25 May 09

The teddy bears are almost certainly the ones that were for sale in St Vinnies a few weeks ago – an entire laundry basketful for $1 each. They were all bought by one person.

MrPC MrPC 10:27 pm 25 May 09

Once the wombats have been checked for joeys, shouldn’t they, oh, I dunno, be buried? Or incinerated? Leaving them to rot on the side of the road only serves as a breeding ground for insects.

As if we need more flies in this country.

Holierthanthou Holierthanthou 8:37 pm 25 May 09

People paint wombat corpses because you can’t tie two together and toss the pair into powerlines. Well, you could try.

Tedddy nailing is part of an Illuminati plot to overthrow the Cthulhu Cult.

Ivan76 Ivan76 5:38 pm 25 May 09

Teddy bears nailed to trees:
Its been named “Pooh bears corner” so it sounds friendly to kids but it is in fact a detonation point left over from WWII should the “Japs” decide to attack we can retreat up the Clide & blow the road.

But they were lying on the side of the road with what looked like hot pink crosses spray-painted on their sides:

Roadkill gets marked with a pink “X” when not being immediately collected so the roadkill truck can see it more easily when doing the rounds.

Pesty Pesty 5:24 pm 25 May 09

Could be drop bears?

mossrocket mossrocket 3:27 pm 25 May 09

last time I checked Pooh Corner there was a blow up doll in there!
Pooh gets lonely!

Steady Eddie Steady Eddie 3:26 pm 25 May 09

I’ve heard that the teddies were part of a scavenger hunt conducted by the University of Canberra as part of Stone Week several years ago. Others saw the bears and liked what they saw so they added their own. It has snowballed since then.

mossrocket mossrocket 3:26 pm 25 May 09

My wife “tags” wombats – after sticking her hand up their clacker…
sick freaks those WIRES people…

(She’s checking for baby wombats in the dead mum’s pouch, then they spray them to let other WIRES people know they’ve checked that wombat)

I have noticed they use different colours in different areas – so I like to joke with my wife regarding her gang’s tag being pink…

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 3:13 pm 25 May 09

A mate of mine who is a long time resident of Bungendore, told me a year or so ago, that there was one bear stuck to a tree that was found lost on the side of the HWY. Apparently (although I dont know the finite details), the council came and ripped it down, saying it was a driving hazard, because it distracted drivers from the road (like looking at your speedo does…..go figure). Well from there, the locals got ear of this pathetic reasoning, and decided to rebel against the council, and ever since locals have continued sticking them up on a regular basis. I believe they can be seen from Weetalabah, all the way to the escarpment.

niftydog niftydog 3:08 pm 25 May 09

Re; Pooh Corner – back in my day we used our imagination! No tinsel, soft toys, reflectors… nothing. Far more stimulating for young minds IMHO, and totally impossible to sabotage!

Re; teddies – I’ve seen them as far afield as Congo, south east of Moruya.

bugmenot bugmenot 3:07 pm 25 May 09

You can find these Teddies in trees all the way to the South Coast and we have seen them in many trees in Mimosa Rocks NP as well.
No idea why they’re there, but they’re always a pleasant sight.

Bam Bam Bam Bam 2:33 pm 25 May 09

The Teddies are also a fair way out along the Federal Hwy too aren’t they?

astrojax astrojax 2:09 pm 25 May 09

oops, dang double vision eyes – reptoid, of course. sir. sorry, won’t happen aga-aaaaggghhhhh…

astrojax astrojax 2:08 pm 25 May 09

i thought the bears were in trees as targets for booners in utes to practice their drive-by shooting before being unleashed by defece in a mobile roo-culling exercise.

mebbe they are retoid control devices. that’d be it.

MissChief MissChief 1:54 pm 25 May 09

“Some say, at night, their eyes glow an evil red and many travellers have disappeared on that lonely stretch of road, never to be heard of again.

Often their cars are found, abandoned, sometimes with the engine still running. Strangely these vehicles often show no signs of a struggle but are reported to have small traces of fake fur on the seats and dashboards.”

Thumper… that had me LOL.

Asked some Bungendore residents about the tree teddies a few years back. They said it was started by locals as a game for Bungendore children, to make their trips between Bungendore and Canberra more interesting. It may give some indication as to who decorates Poo Corner on the Clyde – another great unsolved mystery.

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